DOGSPEAK: Ding Dong Dog

 I have issues with knuckles on the door...

...and the doorbell.

No joke, I have issues.


Speaking of crazy...mom and dad are still crazy in love. 

Today is their 33rd wedding anniversary! 💖

I can't count that high in human years OR dog years.

But it's a lot.

Too bad 20 of those years were without me. 😩

The lovely and talented Michelle Kogan is hosting Poetry Friday this week. 

Join us!


 

DOGSPEAK: Lucky Day!

Sometimes hanging around the kitchen pays off...

The other day when Dad was cleaning up, manna from heaven rained down upon me!

CHEESE!

It. Was. Grate.

(we won't mention what happened with my belly later that night...😝 )

Buffy is our Poetry Friday hostess this week! Join the party...🥳



DOGSPEAK: Toad-ally Awesome Friend

While wandering our new neighborhood I came upon a sign:

 

Being the tri-lingual (Canine, English, German) literate dog that I am, I quickly translated...

*woof yipper-yippity-yap*

Oh, wait, I mean, *Caution Amphibian Migration*.

And then I saw this toad-ally awesome friend:

I think he was on his way here:

A breeding ground for more toad-ally awesome friends.

All of this inspired me to write this 'fibious' Fib*:

 (that is toad-ally true)

a

sign

toad me

to watch out

for some hoppy friends

I found one that was ribbiting

©2022, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

*a Fib is a 6-line poem with the syllable count: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8

Speaking of Fibs, have you submitted to my upcoming poetry anthology, Two Truths and a FIB

Click here to find the guidelines!
 

The submissions I have received so far are AMAZING! 

I look forward to reading YOUR words soon...

The lovely and talented Karen Edmisten is hosting Poetry Friday this week. Join us!



DOGSPEAK: Color Me Happy

Being a dog of certain *ahem* breeds (Rat Terrier with a smidge of Chihuahua) I have been known to struggle with anxiety.

A. Lot.

(Apparently mom struggles, too, and she has zero Chihuahua in her - go figure!)

Being a resourceful pooch I deal with my anxiety in a variety of ways...

  • resting with my favorite stuffy...
  • munching carrots...

  •  and getting a helping hand when meeting other dogs in the 'wild'...

But recently I tried something new to deal with my anxiety...coloring!

Specifically coloring pages from The Anxiety Relief Coloring Book for Adults: Mindful Coloring to Decrease Stress and Anxiety by Kara Holmes

(Kara really should include "Dogs" in the title...just sayin'.)

Just look at my handy paw-work!

Seriously...I can do ANYthing!

The author was thinking when she made this book...

"I’ve designed my coloring book with 67 unique patterns that have been proven to provide a calming effect to those struggling with anxiety. Some pages also include powerful affirmations to ward off negative thoughts and help the reader improve their outlook on life." ~Kara Holmes
Click on this picture ^ to nab your copy.

I'm especially proud that I got today's post done before the end of May because it is Anxiety & Depression Association of America's Mental Health Awareness Month.

#BreakTheStigma

 Today's poem is actually a throwback from a couple of years ago when I barked spoke about my dog avoidance anxiety challenges...

a hug and a hand
turns day into night
other dogs off-leash
there is no f(r)ight 

©2022, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Linda at A Word Edgewise is hosting Poetry Friday this week...Join us!


 
 

DOGSPEAK: Give That Wolf a Banana

Noooo!

Not a banana!

Cheese!

 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.

Duh.



 

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

(The finals are Saturday 14 May 2022...it 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?  

MOMS! 

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 PoetryBoost.com 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!


DOGSPEAK: Bundle of Joy

Welcome to Smidgey's Limelight World!


 

National Poetry Month is still going strong as I share today's video.

I'm happy to report that Smidgey's finely honed deductive reasoning skills led her to the only logical answer to today's riddle.

It was child's play!

Smidgey's Identity Crisis Poetry Series, Episode 4: Bundle of Joy

Congratulations to Maureen M-U! 

Maureen is this week's lucky email subscriber winner of a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology!

 Next week is the final Friday in April AND your last chance to win...subscribe today!

Margaret at Reflections on the Teche is this week's Poetry Friday host. Join us! 


 

DOGSPEAK: Fairy...Tale

Welcome to the third Friday of National Poetry Month!

Smidgey continues to enjoy the limelight...


 ...so much so that she thinks she is in a fairy tale tail!

Smidgey's Identity Crisis Poetry Series, 

Episode 3: Fairy...Tale

Winners' Announcement!

Congratulations to these three lucky email subscribers who have each won a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology:

April 1st winner: Sally M.

April 8th winner: Stephan S.

Today's (April 15th) winner: Rose C.

Didn't win? 

Never fear, you have two more chances to win during National Poetry Month

Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme is this week's Poetry Friday host. 

Join the fun!



DOGSPEAK: Getting to the Point

Happy National Poetry Month!

Smidgey continues to enjoy the limelight...


 ...Me? Not so much.

Well, that is not entirely true.

I love making people laugh. (Myself included.)

But sometimes I am self conscious.

Insecure.

Fearful.

These videos are a delight to make. (So much so that I literally LOL during the process.)

And after I finish I am proud...for a minute.

But then I worry.

Does my voice really sound like that?

Am I weird to put this into the world?

Is my poetry good enough to be among *real* poets?

Maybe I should leave it in a draft folder and call it a day...

But then I look at Smidgey's tiny furry face

And I know someone in the world needs to see the joy she brings. 

Needs to hear her *ahem* voice.

Needs a few minutes of silly dog respite from their worries.

Which brings us to the here and now.

To the POINT of this post... a short and sweet video. (It will prove my point.)

(short + sweet = Smidgey)

Smidgey's Identity Crisis Poetry Series, 

Episode 2: Smidgey-who? Smidgey-ku!



 

Thank you for each and every comment on my blog. 

I read them to Smidgey and she gobbles up your kind words like a cheese-filled treat. 🧀

Winners have been chosen!

I am waiting to hear back from two lucky email subscribers who have each won a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology. (for April 1st and today's drawings)

There will be three more chances to win during National Poetry Month. 

Yay for a 5 Friday month!

Not a subscriber? Sign up (upper right hand corner ) and be eligible for next week's hardback 10.10 Poetry Anthology giveaway.

Janice is interviewing David Elliot at Salt City Verse! She also happens to be the host of this week's Poetry Friday round up!



 

 

 

 

 

And for a complete listing of the NPM awesomeness happening in the kidlitosphere, go to Jama’s Alphabet Soup

Jama is everything that is good in the world.



 




Do you want to be a part of my next poetry anthology, Two Truths and a Fib

Submission guidelines are here and here

I look forward to reading your words!

DOGSPEAK: In The Limelight

Happy April

Happy National Poetry Month!

To celebrate NPM, Smidgey has put herself in the limelight...

 

...by starring in a Poetry Video EVERY Friday in April!

That's FIVE Smidgey Poetry Videos in ONE month!

How fun is that?

(very fun!)

In the interests of full transparency, (and in line with me practicing giving myself grace* since we just moved) I must note that two of the videos were made and shared back in 2020

(*my OLW for 2022)

But, don't worry they have aged very well

(I literally LOL'd reviewing them...2 minutes well spent.)

The rest are brand new.

So without further adieu...

Smidgey's Identity Crisis Poetry Series, 

Episode 1: #me-ow?



Another bit of awesomeness is that I am giving away a beautiful hardback copy of my 10.10 Poetry Anthology to one lucky wee words for wee ones email subscriber!
 
If you are not a subscriber, what are you waiting for??
Sign up NOW!  (upper right hand corner ) Smidgey loves a captive audience! 😉
 

Check out the slick navy blue hardcover! Wouldn't that look great in YOUR dog's paws?

AND check out the awesomeness that the Poetry Friday community has to offer at my juicy little universe. Heidi is celebrating NPM by writing in response to the book All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.


 

DOGSPEAK: There's No Place Like ŌM

Smidgey is trying to be flexible...

                                         ...and go with the flow...

                                                                   ...as we severely disrupt her life.

 














As you can see, we are moving. (to a different apartment a few km away)

Smidgey will be meditating on not freaking out cheese as we transition, so she will be unavailable to blog for a week or two. 

In the meantime, when you eat a bit of cheese, think of Smidge. 💭+🧀=🐶

She'll miss you.💗

This week Poetry Friday Sylvia and Janet at Poetry for Children are hosting. Join us!



DOGSPEAK: We Belong

3 March 2022 is World Book Day.

This year's theme is You Are a Reader.

Smidgey took this theme to heart.

And given the current state of the world, she chose a book that has heart for EVERY reader.

Even dogs.

Smidgey got her paws on WE BELONG (e-reader version) by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Carlos Vélez Aguilera.

And as always, Smidgey had some thoughts.











While Smidgey has her dogged opinion about WE BELONG, MY opinion is that the text is rhythmic, rhyming and should be required for young (and young at heart!) readers.

And the illustrations are as uplifting and powerful as the words. 

(And so much more colorful than Smidgey realizes...poor dog.)

Here are the Book Specs:

written by Laura Purdie Salas

illustrated by Carlos Vélez Aguilera

published by  Carolrhoda Books ®

1 March 2022 (Happy Book Birthday!)

Picture Book for ages 4-8, 32 pages 

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Poetry Friday is at Kathryn Apel's place...join us!