'Bad Dog and Pollywog'

"They should install a revolving door,
For 'Bad dogs' like me, who have been here before.
Stupid humans don't know most dogs bark...
At lesser beings, in a stupid dog park.
And the other stupid humans didn't know that dogs 'chew'.
I think I might have pushed it, when I ate that last shoe."

"O.k., leash me up and treat me like a dog..
Just don't give me that kennel next to 'Pollywog'!;
Another victim of 'three strikes you're out'!
That wannabe dog-thing, with a white turned-up snout;
She'd be much better off in an old ladies lap...
With all of her whining, I won't get my nap."

"Oh, here they come now; all the 'lookieloos',
We're third on a pit-stop of 'doggie-zoos'.
I'll put on my smile, and try not to pee...
I get all excited, but they still walk past me.
That's o.k., I'm not really a 'Frisbee' dog...
But can someone please take this POLLYWOG?!"

"This old couple here is surely retired
I hope they see Sam, whose time has expired.
He needs a soft bed in a fire-lit home...
Not a cold concrete slab where he'll die all alone.
And can someone PLEASE take this POLLYWOG?
This mutant, lap-rat, wannabe-dog!?!"

"'Ellie the Shepherd' might need a cop's badge,
If you don't mind your face licked, there's always sweet Madge...
I call those two Rotties 'Bonnie' and 'Clyde', and the Mal-bred Scotties are 'Jeckle' and 'Hyde'"
'Bennie', the Pitty, isn't really a fighter...
I'd be more afraid of this ankle-biter;
When she lays on her stomach, she looks like a frog;
But her tail makes her more like a pollywog."

"Well, I think the day's ending, and we've run out of luck;
I was hoping that guy with the big shiny truck
Would come back inside and point right at me...
Oh... the life of a truck-dog riding high and free.
Fast food burgers, endless sunsets sitting side-by side...
Next to my buddy on our endless ride."

"OH PRAISE the dog-gods; my prayers have come true!
Wait...is he pointing at me, or pointing at you?
You fuzzy-faced rodent, wannabe dog!!
He's scooping up that POLLYWOG!
Well, at least I'll enjoy my pre-death nap!
Wait...my man is coming back!!
Leash in hand, he's pointing at me!!
Oh boy, be cool, HE'S POINTING AT ME!!!!

"My new name is 'Good Boy'', no longer 'Bad dog'
As I take my seat next to 'Pollywog'.
She smiled and winked when she looked at me..
Long-haul, truck-dogs...feeling free...
That dang mutant fuzz-thing...it was just my luck
To find I was sharing that big shiny truck.
I guess when she left me, she actually cried...he noticed the tears, so he went back inside.
Now it's burgers and sunsets...wait...she actually CRIED?!?
Well...just no more yip-yap, AND STAY ON YOUR SIDE!"

About this poem

There are a few happy endings for shelter dogs...it isn't ALL dismal; as I've portrayed in my earlier poems.

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Written on January 25, 2023

Submitted by lovingempath on January 25, 2023

Modified on March 31, 2023

2:46 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 2,624
Words 532
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 6, 8, 9

Robin Loving

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  • AIDA
    Wow, what a fun and playful poem! Your use of humor and playful language adds so much personality to the piece. The way you describe the different dogs and their personalities is both charming and relatable.

    One suggestion I have is to maybe expand on the theme of the revolving door. It's a great idea, but it's only mentioned briefly at the beginning, and then not really referred to again. It could be interesting to explore that concept more throughout the piece. Additionally, some of the lines could benefit from a bit of restructuring to improve the flow of the poem.

    Overall, your writing style is engaging and entertaining, and I enjoyed reading this piece. Keep up the great work!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Symmetry58
    Holy hell! This is freaking brilliant. Now see, this is the type of poetry I cannot write. Your story-telling skills are prime. You should literally turn this entire poem into a kid's book. All I kept thinking was "Dr. Seuss." 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lovingempath
      I'm thinking of doing that :). I have clear pictures of my talking doggie, stuck in my head. And I would hope it does better as a kid's book than it did as a poem. Thanks Steve. As always your feedback is priceless to me. 
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • Symmetry58
      I'm telling you, you are perfect for it. That is all I could think the entire time - man this is a great children's book. I LOVE the line "
      My new name is 'Good Boy'', no
      longer'Bad dog." If you add pictures to this poem, it is a perfect book and story. I knew a gal years ago, Elizabeth Borros, who did a children's book and got it published. It came out awesome. 
      LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Symmetry58
      Holy hell! I actually looked for and FOUND her book. Well, more like found what used to be her book. It is still showing on Amazon, but is apparently pretty much out of circulation. You really need to do it, darling.

      It's entitled Let's Meet Rocco. https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Meet-Rocco-Elizabeth-Borros/dp/1606048147#customerReviews
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • npirandy
    There was a clear story that made sense and was easy to follow. It had direction and meaning with decent meter and good rhyme. It was humorous, but meaningful.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • amandajanebearer
    I read all 150 poems. This by far stuck out the most. It was exquisitely written. The realness, humor, story, view point, emotion and rhyming were perfect. I would love to read more by this writer. I would love to see this poem place because it is truly a winner! 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lovingempath
      Thank you for your vote and generous support for my poem Amanda. People like you keep me encouraged :).
      LikeReply1 year ago


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