Friday, August 27, 2021

#PoetryPals: What the Smidgey Knows

This month's Poetry Peeps challenge was one that spoke to me. 

Because my dog speaks to me.*

The poetry challenge is to write in the style of Jane Yolen's eight line, rhyming poem, "What the Bear Knows", a poem written to celebrate her 400th book, Bear Outside.

I love me a good challenge.

And nothing is more challenging than our little dog, Smidgey

(Just kidding, she's actually a delight.)

Are you talking about me?

What the Smidgey Knows

 

Food in a bowl.

Smushed for old lady teeth.

A nest of hairy blankets.

Oversized pillow underneath.

 

The length of the leash,

so many smells to sniff.

Scrubbed in the tub,

when people catch a whiff.  

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.
 

*did I mention I am a fledgling empty nester? 

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35 comments:

  1. Well, Smidgey does know best...

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    1. And she is not shy about telling us! Thanks for commenting, Sheila! Smidge is sending you a big sloppy dog kisses.

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  2. How are you doing, empty nester? I've been there & it's not so easy though you're always proud. Love 'what Smidgey knows', that 'whiff' is a big smile! I wrote one too, but alas, no pet to celebrate!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, for your kindness about empty nesting...it isn't as easy as it seems. Nice to know I'm in good company about my feelings and in this poetry challenge. :)

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  3. You have captured the essence of the Smidge-ster! Your poems always bring a smile to my face.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Elisabeth. Smidgey's essence is a whole range of emotions (and smells!) wrapped in fur ball cuteness. :)

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  4. Oh, Smidgey! You never fail to inspire!

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    1. Inspiration is what she does best...oh, and smell (both verb and noun). Smidgey is basking in your compliment, Mary Lee. :)

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  5. OH, Smidgey. You know so much under that after-bath towel. I'll bet you are the sweetest comfort to your empty-nesting Mom. Thanks for the giggles.

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    1. Smidgey appreciates all the love today, Linda. In a sense she's an empty nester, too, continually looking for her girl in the empty room at the end of the hall. Sigh. :)

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  6. Oooh. The length of the leash. Perfect! I hope you find joy in your empty nest. It is different - but now when they come home to visit, I find I'm glad it's a visit. I love them and miss them BUT - I think I like that I can miss them, and not have to clean up after them all the time.😹

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    1. Thanks for the practical advise, Kat on empty nesting. I have noticed laundry/dishes/etc takes less time with only me and my hubby home. Oh, and of course, Smidgey's care and clean up never ends. :)

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  7. You have described what most old dogs' know here, most wandering only as far as the end of a leash! This is a fun challenge. Thanks for sharing Smidgey!

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    1. Thanks, Janice! It's best Smidgey only goes as far as the end of her leash - any farther and I don't know if she'd know how to get back! :)

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  8. I am thinking I need to try this challenge. I adore our granddog. She is a blessing in all of our lives. Your Smidgey, I can tell, is well-loved, loving and fun. She reminds me of Red Riding Hood in her blanket! I am sure she has brought you great joy. My you fill your nest with whatever you need to feel at peace that new normal ...which was pretty shocking to me even though I was intellectually ready for it.
    Janet Clare F.

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    1. I'd love to read a poem in this style about your granddog, Janet! Intellectually I am fine with everything, I am just waiting for my mushy mom insides to catch up. It'll get there... Thanks for your compassion. :)

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  9. So much energy in so few words! I enjoyed this snapshot of Smidgey!

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn! Smidgey is so much energy in such a little dog, too. :)

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  10. Happy to meet Smidgey in all her sensory delight!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Smidgey loves meeting new people (dogs not so much).

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  11. This is so cute! Also, dog-in-a-blanket is an adorable dish.

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    1. Thanks, Tanita! Smidgey is the master at burrito rolling herself into blankets at the hint of cool air. ;)

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  12. Smidgey is the right dog to ask what he knows. Human parents get the benefits of scrubbed fir. Love the whiff at the end of the poem, Bridget.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Smidgey is an old dog who is good at teaching her people lots of new tricks - like the art of a quick dog bath.

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  13. That was fun. I may have to consult with our dog, Biscuit, to see what he knows.

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    1. I'd love to hear what Biscuit has to say, Susan. But it definitely needs to be out of earshot of Smidgey, she doesn't tend to listen nicely to other dogs. ;)

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  14. I'm in love with Smidgey! What fun. xo

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  15. Aw, Smidgey! The things she knows reflect a life full of love. Best wishes for you and your fledglings as you all adjust to this new season in your family!

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    1. Thanks, Robyn! My fledglings are doing amazing which is why I am embracing this new season. :)

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  16. doggie–delight poem for your Smidgey, and I love the pic too, thanks Bridget!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Smidgey's personality lends itself to poetry and pictures. She has more to offer than just her stink. ;)

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  17. Bridget, it is great to see you today. I hope you had a great summer. Smidgey is a dolly! For some reason, my favorite line is "The length of the leash." It just seems a safe and comfortable thing for an old dog with bad teeth to know.

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    1. Thanks, Denise! Yes, Smidgey seems appreciative of the leashes' length and stopping power. Safer for all involved. :)

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  18. Love Smidgey and her poem. Though I'm sorry her food has to be "Smushed for old lady teeth."

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