Silence of the Dog

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads
On Poetry, Writing & Metaphor – Dreaming with Stacie
Today I invite you to write a poem based on a specific metaphor. Rather than assigning you one, I’d like for your senses to guide you – take a few moments to sit quietly. Focus on an image, a sound, or a smell around you. Which one draws your attention most? Why? What are the words you think of when you see/hear/smell it? Draw a map of word or picture associations. Choose the metaphor that most inspires you to write your poem.

Rotten egg puffs of sulphur
suffuse the room in cloud.
They sweep in figure eights
’round furniture, and unfortunate
people seated in their path. Ugh!
Yuck! Hold your breath and pinch
your nostrils. The dog remains
in same position–silent, puzzled,
innocent–as candles are hurriedly
lit, and red apple room spray soldiers
combat the enemy.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Silence of the Dog

  1. Jim says:

    Good metaphor choice, Sarah. ‘Rotten eggs’ seemingly could be showing their ilk still, past generations of future Toads. I would be interested in knowing how large a proportion of rotten eggs are rehabilitated. There may be structured categories of rotten eggs. For example, generally a child who is a ‘spoiled rotten egg’ seems to put all his mistakes behind later in life.


  2. “…red apple room spray soldiers” left a terrifying picture in my head. I see images of soldiers being sprayed into the walls, reddening everything.

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  3. MYRNA ZACH says:

    when the dog is gone who do you blame?



  4. Oh what a smile & chuckle this gave me. Moments of everyday truth, indeed – can be metaphors for any moment in our lives! Thanks for participating & sharing.

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