Love That Dog
I don’t want toBecause boysDon’t write poetry.Girls do.First page, first poem. Makes me smile But also makes me kindaSad.Do words in poem form Make you sad? I hope not but I Understand, if it does. Love That Dog takes less than 3 minutes to read. Okay, maybe a bit more if you’re on your 4th glass of Sangria (but who’s counting) and you linger on phrases. Phrases like: ‘and jumping on me his shaggy straggly paws on my chest like he was trying to hug the inside right out of me’Poems, PO-EMS. They are not so easy to write. They look easy but try putting a whole bunch of words in short sentences and make them make someone else feel something. Go on. But, remember that people will REALLY judge you because poetry can be pretentious and there’s extra pressure on you to be all like ‘she walks in beauty like the night’ or ‘I want a love like me thinking of you thinking of me thinking of you type love..’ I am scared. I couldn’t do itEven this attempt Is lame.But, I was lucky to know a poet, and was lucky to read his words. His voice had the right cadence, the exact urgency , the strength to leave you breathless and make you ache. All alone in triplets I think about her laugh, even if I’m sadAll alone I justify our secret world and could tell the nay sayers toLeave her alone i am no monsterIn prayers i disbelieve i asked for you to comeMaybe my or god’s willMaybe a cessation of thinking when it comes to the enemy when i hide In my foxhole would be a good ideaJack is lucky to have a Miss Stretchberry. Everyone should have their very own. One that can give them worlds created by Frost and Blake and also William Carlos Williams among other amazing poets. Thank you, Sharon Creech, for giving us Jack. I used to always ask my poet ‘but what does it mean?’ and he used to say ‘it doesn’t really matter does it? How do you feel?’ It takes an fierce will and a tremendous heart to be a poet. This book has both.