Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbors #poem #poetry

Today’s poem hit me all at once, demanding to be posted. So, even though it’s not sciency, here it is:
Dog in tree

Who cares about fences

In my garden, his cat
Would make deposits
That I’d rather not discover.

Chasing mice, my dog
Would destroy
His wood pile cover.

Instead we wave and smile
And do each other favors,
Because it’s true, that saying old,
Good fences make good neighbors.

Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem, which is about walls, even though his neighbor gives me the quote, “good fences make good neighbors.” Maybe Frost didn’t know what his neighbor was thinking after all.

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.

Ages of a Dog #dog #puppy #years #poem #poetry #Shakespeare

With apologies to William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Act II Scene VII.

dogs playing tug-a-warAll the world’s a stage,
And all canines upon it merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one dog in his day plays many parts,
His acts being six ages.

At first, the puppy,
Snuggling with his litter mates,
Warm at momma’s side.
Then the happy junior,
Chewing everything in sight,
Drooling on humans much-beloved
In his forever home.

And next the adult, quite content,
Who knows his home and family,
Where best to snuffle for fresh scents,
Prepared to defend pack and den.

And then mature,
In fair round belly with good kibbles lined,
Escorting his owner on long walks,
Calm and wise with muzzle graying;
And so he plays his part.

The fifth age shifts
To senior dog,
His youthful energies, now rationed
For the occasional rabbit,
Deep baying sometimes hoarse,
Still willing, even as his legs betray.

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Geriatric,
Wags and smiles when hears his name,
Content within his doggie bed.

Kate Rauner

With thanks to livescience.com for the age of dogs and cats. Write your own version 🙂 We especially need a cat poem.