A Dog’s Thoughts

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Animals
Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

What would you speak of–wild ones,
domestic ones, or both? Move us, dear poets,
in a new poem with images and insights
pertaining to animal(s).


Noah’s Ark (1846), a painting by Edward Hicks.

Luminous eyes gleam,
a tentativeness, as a dog
assesses a human. Should he
be fearful or friendly? Step
by step he advances. You bend
down to an equal level,
and offer a hand. He sniffs
a whiff of kindness and love.
His tail begins a frantic dance–
whirling, curling in the air.
Anticipation shakes his whole
body. He crouches down, paws
to ground, and licks the hand
he knows will feed him, play
with him, and keep him safe.
His loyalty is absolute.


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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24 Responses to A Dog’s Thoughts

  1. Yes, that is a dog, for certain – ready to trust, ready to be happy, to love……….I wish they were always met with the respect and kindness displayed in this poem.


  2. thotpurge says:

    Absolute loyalty… yes!!!

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  3. Susan Chast says:

    I haven’t been that intimate with a dog since I was a child. This poem makes me nostalgic.


  4. Lovely, you captured that moment so well.


  5. Sumana Roy says:

    Your final line is an absolute truth.

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  6. Mary says:

    Yes, so true. His loyalty IS absolute. You have captured the essence of a dog beautifully.


  7. Myrna Rosa says:

    Perfect description of a dog’s response to a friend.


  8. I so love the wagging of a dog’s tail…it is there smile and it always makes me smile right with them!


  9. Jamztoma says:

    Haha this got me smiling. Very endearing. I miss having a pet dog.


  10. Dogs are so likable and each has their own character that makes one smile. What a joy they are to have as friends!


  11. Marja says:

    Beautiful exactly as these dear creatures are


  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Beautifully crafted and so immediate.


  13. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    If only we humans could be as absolutely loyal as dogs!


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