Friday, August 29, 2014

POETRY FRIDAY: Dog Days

Thanks so much to Jone at Check It Out for hosting Poetry Friday today!
 
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I am so happy to be able to join in the Poetry Friday festivities today! The back-to-school whirlwind is subsiding, my boys are officially middle schoolers (!!!), and I am enjoying much more productive writing time these days. I miss my boys, but I am so glad to have regular writing time back!

My Poetry Friday poem today was inspired by my sweet puppy Gracie and the sweltering, sticky Carolina HEAT we’ve endured over the last few weeks. It is beyond me how this crazy puppy can race around our back yard so enthusiastically when the thermometer is up in the nineties! 
 
 
But, like the month of August, even energetic dogs must eventually take a break...right? ☺

Dog Days
In August, Summer stretches out and sits up, yawning wide.
She perks her ears and wags her tail and beckons us outside.
She romps and plays, nails all her tricks, begs us to chase and run.
And when we droop, she frolics on, despite the scorching sun.
Just when we think she’ll never quit, she drops her favorite ball,
Then takes a bow, lies slowly down, and rolls right into fall.
 
While our summer has been a blast, I am definitely looking forward to fall. So when I saw THIS on my walk this morning, it added a little spring to my step:

 
Enjoy the last blast of summer, have a great Labor Day weekend, and Happy Writing!

28 comments:

  1. Thanks for the comment:) Love the poem :)

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  2. Like an energetic pup, you are loyal to your readers in providing fresh, uplifting materials that are as refreshing as a cool breeze on a summer's day!

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth! I am so glad you liked the poem!

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  3. Becky, what a fantastic poem!!! If I had a tail, my goodness, it would be wagging like crazy. I'm not sure I can quite believe your photograph, however... I think you must have photoshopped it. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! You are too funny! I promise I did not photoshop--but that is very likely the *only* fully-turned tree in my neighborhood. I couldn't quite believe it myself!

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  4. Lovely.
    I often wonder about "dog days" and "raining cats & dogs" and such. The explanations I've heard are varied. We humans do interesting with with words and images.

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    1. Thanks, Mirka! I wondered, too...I looked it up earlier today and apparently the term "dog days" comes from the position of the constellation Sirius during July and early August. Not sure about "raining cats and dogs," though! = )

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  5. Dear Becky,
    I'm glad that your boys are off to a great start! It's wonderful that you've found your writing time! Loved the correlation between the Dog Days of August and your poem and picture.

    Celebrate you and your love of family

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    1. Thank you very much, Joan! I am so glad you liked my poem!

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  6. Great poem! I am also enjoying more structure to my days.

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  7. Love the poem, Becky. It's great how you made summer a dog here. So creative. :)

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  8. That is definitely an autumn-y tree! I was just at the Dollar Store yesterday, and they had some super cute fall decorations out. =)

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    1. I know--I can't wait to pull out the autumn decorations. Soon... = )

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  9. I love the ending to your poem, such a great play on words, Becky. But I also like those two lines with your tree picture-made me smile! I hope nothing's wrong with the tree; it is early!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I am keeping an eye on the tree. I think it is just a little impatient for fall to arrive! = )

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  10. That ending is nailed perfectly. (I also like your comment at the end that mentions the "spring" in your step.)

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  11. Welcome back! Loved the sound of dog days - and the promise of energy-filled tomorrows.

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    1. Cool weather definitely brings me more energy! Thank you!

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  12. Love the poem. I think toddlers are somewhat like puppies. Where do they get their energy from? We don't really get seasons in Singapore, but I look forward to the romantic autumnal air, too.

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    1. Yes--toddlers definitely have boundless energy! When I lived in Florida, I had to make my own autumn in my classroom, since the leaves didn't really change where I lived. But the scenery made up for it! I bet Singapore has its own beautiful benefits, too!

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  13. Oh, your pup and mine have so much in common, Becky! Our dog goes out in the extreme desert heat to play hide and seek with the lizards - no matter the temperature! I love the idea of summer "rolling right into fall". Beautiful autumn glow in your photo, too. = )

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