It’s A Dog’s Life

It’s A Dog’s Life

I follow as a puppy
to the ends of the earth,
loving unconditionally 
and forgiving all your sins
My time here is
to please only you
 
You smile at my idiosyncrasies
Scratching your head
at what I do
Whether I chase my tail
trying to find the answers
or digging and digging
away at something
until I reach China
 
I hope like me you will one day
sniff out what’s new and different
and travel with the windows down
once in a while
and never, ever hold a grudge
We have so much to learn
from each other
but one thing we will never do
is bite the hand that feeds us
 
 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Kim at Writing in North Norfolk is hosting D'Verse Poets
tonight and has prompted us with writing a poem in the first person
that compares some trait of ours with something animal.
It should not be a whale, but another creature (mammal, fish, bird,
insect, etc.) with which we have something in common. The title
should be the animal thing, in the same way Marjorie Saiser chose
‘The Print the Whales Make’.

Image by Nikki Luijpers from Pixabay 

  26 comments for “It’s A Dog’s Life

  1. April 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Aww love this..digging to China lol..beautiful ❤🌹

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 1:06 am

      Thank you! I’m so happy you liked it ☺️💕

  2. April 14, 2021 at 12:09 am

    You’ve written it so well.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 1:07 am

      Thanks Sadje. I’m happy you enjoyed it 🥰

      • April 14, 2021 at 3:40 am

        You’re welcome my dear

  3. April 14, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Very fluid writing, Christine, emulating the best in the canine and avoiding the rest is good advice.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 1:08 am

      Thanks Lisa ☺️We can learn a lot from our dogs 🐕

      • April 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm

        You’re very welcome.

  4. April 14, 2021 at 3:53 am

    I follow as a puppy
    to the ends of the earth,
    loving unconditionally
    and forgiving all your sins
    My time here is
    to please only you

    For some reason, those last two lines made me a bid sad, Christine… to have no purpose other than to bring pleasure to another being. 🤷

    But that doesn’t at all distract from the loveliness of your poem! It was just a natural reaction of mine.

    Yours,
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 7:24 am

      Thank you David, but it is so true. This dog story goes both ways. Sometimes we can be too much like a dog and on the other hand many of us can learn from dogs. e.g. be less afraid and more carefree ☺️

      • April 14, 2021 at 9:05 am

        Have you seen this comedy clip? it’s very funny –

        [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppidBvkUN14?start=62&w=560&h=315%5D

      • Christine Bolton
        April 14, 2021 at 5:51 pm

        Oh my gosh that was hilarious! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I couldn’t stop laughing. She absolutely nailed it. I do hope she is successful after that performance. Thanks David!💕

  5. April 14, 2021 at 4:15 am

    It’s easy to love a dog, as fresh and open and pure as they are (especially puppies) … And wonderful to see how a human can also be so. (And why not?) Healing too, perhaps.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Brendan. I appreciate it ☺️

  6. April 14, 2021 at 4:49 am

    You’ve hit on some of the most important lessons we can learn from animals here, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Ingrid ☺️

  7. April 14, 2021 at 5:24 am

    It is indeed a dog’s life, Christine! Unlike cats, they do aim to please, as do some of us in our relationships, avoiding conflict as best we can. Unconditional love is, however, rare in humans. I especially love the lines:
    ‘I hope like me you will one day
    sniff out what’s new and different
    and travel with the windows down
    once in a while
    and never, ever hold a grudge’.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 7:20 am

      Thank you Kim. I always appreciate your kind words ☺️ It was an interesting prompt.

  8. April 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    We can learn so much from them. I know I have. Thanks for these words

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you for reading ☺️

  9. sanaarizvi
    April 14, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    This is exquisitely woven! I especially resonate with; “I hope like me you will one day sniff out what’s new and different and travel with the windows down once in a while and never, ever hold a grudge. We have so much to learn from each other.” Yes! 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      Ah yes Sanaa! We should all,live out lives like dogs. The world would be a happier place ☺️💕

  10. April 14, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    This is so sweet… if we could only behave a little bit more like this toward each other.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      Than’ you! Exactly. ☺️

  11. April 14, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    This is wonderfully engaging, and such a keen insight to the nature of the animal, and I assume, to yourself. Well written Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 14, 2021 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you Rob! I really appreciate it. ☺️

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