The Determined Dachshund

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Fussy Little Forms – “Cherita”
(posted by Marian)

Cherita builds on haiku and tanka, and was inspired by the six-word story, which was inspired by Hemingway, so hey, there is a rich history here. You remember Hemingway’s:

For sale, baby shoes, never worn

Cherita is a six-line poem in three stanzas. First stanza is one line, second stanza two lines, third stanza three lines. Line length is up to you. The idea is to write a short story in six lines.
The small auburn dog is overweight,

due to medications that he must take daily.
No one is to blame. One day he decided

to jump from couch seat to top. Determined,
he slid back three times, then was triumphant.
From his new perch, he watches the world go by . . . and barks.

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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13 Responses to The Determined Dachshund

  1. MYRNA ZACH says:

    and barks and barks



  2. Helen says:

    Your story is delightful!


  3. Vivian Zems says:

    Oh bravo doggie! As you know, I’m a dog lover, so your poem was worthy of an oscar…in my opinion 🙂 🙂


  4. Marian says:

    Aw, this is victory! Woof!


  5. I need a bit of that dog’s determination.


  6. Margaret Schaff Bednar says:

    Gotta love a dog’s determination.


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