Walking Dogs In The Cold

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fussy Little Forms:  Chained Rhyme (posted by Marian)

“Today we will revisit a form introduced in the Garden by Joy a few years ago and enjoyed by many: CHAINED RHYME.

I don’t really think this form counts as fussy or little. But let’s do it anyway. The basic premise is that the last syllable or word of each line is followed by a rhyme on the first word or syllable of the next line. LIKE A CHAIN, get it? Hah.”

Sharp swift wind stings my face
brace myself to continue
imbued with sense of duty
to the eager dogs, prancing
glancing at each swirling leaf
gleefully trying to chase them–
gems just out of their reach
each time they tug at a leash.
Creatures of boundless energy
Visibly chilled, I lead them home.



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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10 Responses to Walking Dogs In The Cold

  1. hypercryptical says:

    I don’t and never have had a dog, but nevertheless understand how the sense of duty to exercise your four-legged friends, whatever the weather, comes to the fore. Brr!
    It must be wonderful when you reach the warmth of home.
    Anna :o]

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  2. Jim says:

    I can just imagine these frisky dogs. Also coming to mind was rhis same reaction of sled dogs when they expect a run around the training track. Except their ending isn’t to be away further, they quickly assume thar places ahead of their sled. It’s a sight I never will forget.


  3. Marian says:

    How fun! This really gets on a roll towards the end… the rhymes just bump it right along. But the simple line “sense of duty to the eager dogs” is really striking, I think. Really nice.


  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Love this especially; “sense of duty to the eager dogs, prancing glancing at each swirling leaf
    gleefully trying to chase them.” Beautifully penned.💞


  5. A beautiful loyalty that goes both ways. Love this Sara!


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