NaPoWriMo April 2022 (Day 17)

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Today’s assignment was to be another fun one. It was a prompt developed by the comic artist Lynda Barry, (see the full tweet prompt here). For NaPoWriMo, it asked me to consider dogs that I’ve known, seen, or heard of. Then I was to use those thoughts as a springboard for a poem.


Must I?

Must it be one or the other?
Either I prefer cats to dogs, or vice-versa.
Like I must take sides in some
canine versus feline conflict.
Must I own one to prove some
provocative preference?

Is it wrong to treat an animal as a loved pet,
or to suggest an aggressive breed as not the best?
Synonyms for pets include loved, not family,
not as human, and now here comes the guilt trip.
Others see pets like children. Fine for them. To be right,
must I see the world through their eyes?

I’ve had a few pets, loved most, regretted few.
Most memories are good when all was well.
But all my pets, like many
of my family and friends are gone.

Unlike the Billy Collins humorous poem,
The Revenant, most dogs seem willing to
let me be, the cats I’m still uncertain about.
And they like it that way.


Look both ways respecting nature’s fauna.
Mind the gap between the lion and the lamb.

4 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo April 2022 (Day 17)

  1. It is funny how there are decidedly dog or cat people. Some are adamant in their choice.
    Right now my daughter’s cat is driving me up the wall with her whining and crying for her mommy who has locked her out of the garage.
    Gimme my dog Zeke. He was a cool guy. Never barked, never whined; was a happy-go-lucky and not too demanding sort.
    Will I get another? Doubtful.
    Wonderful job on this challenge!

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