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ADOLESCENT DOG
by April Halprin Wayland

You curl,
a cooked piece of pasta
on the round rug,
squeaky panda under your paw

You run,
flame on a rope,
focused, fast
chasing in the dog park

You play,
jumbo baby,
beguiling eyes,
lanky legs kicking in the air

Your whole
galumphing self
speaks loud, alive:
love me!

Poetry Prompt: ¬†Alliteration, assonance and consonance are some of what Myra Cohn Livingston called the poet’s tools.

Each of these definitions and examples is from About.com:

Alliteration:¬†The¬†repetition¬†of an initial¬†consonant¬†sound, as in “a¬†peck of¬†pickled¬†peppers.”

Assonance: The repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in neighboring words.  Example from a campaign button: I like Ike

Consonance:  Broadly, the repetition of consonant sounds; more specifically, the repetition of the final consonant sounds of accented syllables or important words.  Example from Dylan Thomas:  Do not go gentle into that good night.

Find examples of each in this poem.

It’s your turn.¬†Write a poem using at least one of these poet’s tools.



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