Basket Dog

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub, Poetics:  Object Poems
(posted by Mish)

"You may be familiar with “object poems” where an inanimate item is the subject of the poem. These poems can center around an every day object, such as a door, a jar, a spoon or something of sentimental value. The object is often brought to life using vivid, detailed descriptions of it’s physical appearance and functions.

Choose an object from your home or outdoors. Look past the obvious characteristics and uses of this object. Spare us the details. Instead, take us to the connection that it has made with you or what it represents.
 What does this object mean? Is their a sentimental attachment? What memories does it hold? (they might not be good ones). How has it’s existence effected you or your life? Does it signify a certain era, event, relationship or transition? What emotion(s) does the object evoke? Is it a symbol of joy, failure, fear, success, childhood, grief, love….? Is there a story? What is this object (to you!) beyond what we see visually."

This is not a real dog.
Cozied up, sleeping
in a basket.  I touch
the soft fur.  For years,
he sat on my cousin's
couch.  Every visitor
did a double-take,
and petted the dog 
anyway.  He was a source
of comfort to me
when I lived with her
for six weeks during
a traumatic move.  When
my cousin passed away,
we took the little dog
to our new home.  He is
the first thing you see
when you walk in.  That
dog, curled in his basket
is a constant reminder
of my sorely missed cousin.
I still pet him as I walk by.

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 Basket Dog

  1. Mish says:

    These furry little friends seem magical the way they hold our memories and provide us comfort throughout the years. I have one too!


  2. memadtwo says:

    But of course he is real…(K)


  3. M Jay Dixit says:

    The last line tugged at my heart!


  4. poetrybydebi says:

    That’s sweet. I miss my Rivers so much.


  5. Ingrid says:

    Sometimes the objects which connect us with a person take on a life of their own.


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