DOGSPEAK: Give That Wolf a Banana


Not a banana!


 I love May because mom watches the Eurovision Song Contest.

And as you know, I love cheese.

The Eurovision Song Contest is CHEESY in the best possible* a good way.

*it's not edible

2022 ESC brings together performers from 40 European-ish** countries to compete for the best song of the year. 

**I know I'm a pup of limited geographical knowledge, but I'm not sure when Australia relocated to Europe...

Previous ESC winners include Celine Dion, ABBA, and last year's winner, Måneskin.

As mom and dad watch, I lay on my pillow soaking up the sights and sounds of ESC.

One band that caught my attention is Subwoolfer from Norway.

Because, wolf.



I'm happy to report that, as of this writing, Subwoolfer is a finalist!

(The finals are Saturday 14 May is going to be a loooong night for a champion sleeper dog like me, but totally worth it to see the stage presentation/dancing/costumes.)

While the Subwoolfer's song Give That Wolf a Banana is catchy, they have it all wrong.

(I dare you to listen to it once and not sing "yum-yum-yum" on repeat in your head!)

Yes, save Grandma, but feed the wolf CHEESE

It's much more effective.

My poem is based on this song and will not make sense unless you've watched/heard the song.

Then again, it may not make sense even if you have. 

I am a dog after all.

You're welcome. 😄

Give yourself a dose of happy and watch all of the Eurovision Song Contest videos

Mom is also rooting for Switzerland to win (Marius Bear with Boys Do Cry - very Sinatra-like song) because then Switzerland will host ESC next year!!! 

Rose at Imagine the Possibilities is hosting Poetry Friday this week!

Join us!

DOGSPEAK: Hangin' With My Gnomies

Switzerland has long been associated with gnomes...

...for both good and bad reasons.

(along our daily walking path)

In positive terms, they are thought of as mythological creatures that guard subterranean treasures

In more condescending terms, they are an unflattering nickname for Swiss bankers.

In dogspeak, they are friends.

Smidgey wrote this gnome poem for her neighborhood gnomies:


Last week I forgot to announce the fifth and final NPM winner of a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology - oops!

So without further ado, congratulations Sandra Y.! 

And thank you to all my email subscribers! To gnome you is to love you! 

Know who else we love around here?  


Happy Mother's Day to all moms everywhere*! 🎕

*but most especially MY mom, Pat Magee, 94 years young!

And we love this week's Poetry Friday hostess with the mostess...

Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup!


DOGSPEAK: Poetry Boost

As we coast to the end of National Poetry Month, how about a little BOOST?

The multi talented Michelle Schaub over at has a whole website dedicated to sharing poetry to BOOST literacy

In Michelle's words...

"Poetry is literacy's superfood. Just as certain fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants, poetry is loaded with rich content, brain-stimulating vocabulary, and nourishing literary devices. Poetry's concise format makes it a perfect choice for:

  • educators who are short on time but challenged with providing rigorous content 
  • reluctant readers who fatigue when faced with pages of text
  • advanced readers ready to dig into deeper analysis
  • English language learners who need exposure to rich vocabulary and sophisticated sentence structure in small bites
In short, poetry is a great choice to boost literacy in all learners."

I am proud and honored that Michelle featured me Smidgey this week!

Smidgey's yearning for the limelight and my recent move coincided perfectly for Smidgey to share my Jaunty Letter J poem from my 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways.


(Click HERE to get to the video.)

Smidgey is so talented she can recite the entire poem without moving her doggy lips!

And Smidgey and I are not the only poets featured on Michelle's website this month.

A plethora of poetic ROCK STARS are sharing AMAZING poems that will knock your socks off

Or at least give you a long list of Poetry Books that you need to Get. Read. and Share...NOW.

Head on over to Jone Rush MacCulloch's place to meet up with some more ROCK STAR poets!