Thursday, March 3, 2016

Day 3 SOL 16: Do You Like This Life of Yours?

I am taking a class on Thursday nights.  Often our professor, Dr. Melissa Wilson, begins our class with some kind of writing. Tonight she asked us to think of the questions we had about a student.  She shared two mentor texts:  Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat? and What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?.  I used this questioning structure to write about our dog, Trudy.  I have to laugh every morning when I bring her back into the house.  I'm pretty sure she thinks it is time for her to eat, though we feed her at night.  

I open the door
to bring you inside.
Your tail wags.
Your paws prance.  

You rush into the house.
Run circles around the table.
You come back to me,
looking at your food container.

It isn't time to eat.
I shake my head
and wonder,
Do you have a concept of time?

Do you understand 
this is morning
not night?
You continue wagging.

I can't help but wonder.
Are you happy here?
Do you miss your days 
of simplicity?

Do you miss traveling
wind in your face,
a new place to explore
at every stop?

Do you miss 
sitting on the lap
of the man
who saved you?

Are you happy
in this place 
where people 
race about?

Are you content
curled in your corner,
sleeping near the sofa,
or dozing near the door? 

Though fields 
for running 
are all around,
do you love them?

Do you miss
the little space
where the couch
was yours?

Do you like 
this life 
now yours 
without your choosing?

Many hours pass,
I return to take you outside.
You've waited all day
for our return.

Your tail wags.
Your paws prance.
I wonder:
Do you have a concept of time?  

For the month of March I will be participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.  It will be a busy month of writing, commenting, and learning with this community.  Stop by today's link up to join the conversation or find some great reading.


  1. I enjoy the alliteration in this post, from sleep and sofa; dozing and door; content, curled, and corner; and paws and prance. It creates a melody to your writing that makes this one to read aloud.

  2. This is great! What interesting thoughts presented. I like the cute dog picture too!

  3. Love how you pose these questions to your dog.

  4. Your tail wags, your paws prance.

    Perfect Puppy Poetry!

  5. I have a feeling that Trudy has a pretty good life at the Mere house. :) Just as Melissa said it would, your questioning gives me a glimpse into the history of Trudy's life and now I find myself asking my own questions.

  6. What a great poem about Trudy! She is my favorite granddoggy and I am sure that she feels lucky to be a part of your family. Does it really matter if she has a concept of time??? She knows she will be taken care of and has a warm place to stay.

  7. I often wonder the same things with Max. Does he like living in this house without carpet that we moved him too? Does he remember the sad life he had before us, that was 8 years ago? There are great things to ponder about our pets. This is a great poem.


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