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Yippee! In honor of Poetry Month, Easter, and all things rabbity,
my free-verse picture book, To Rabbittown is now only 99 cents
on iTunes, Kindle, Nook--yippee! (Picture me jumping up and
down like an over-caffeinated kangaroo…)
Download the free Kindle for PC  if you don’t have an eReader.

And here are links to Poetry Month
in the Kidlitosphere–thanks, Jama!

Eli found Squirrel at the dog park.
Eli loves Squirrel.
Squirrel no longer squeaks. 
Eli removed Squirrel’s squeaker.
He couldn’t help himself.

Howdy, Campers and welcome to my 2012 Poem-A-Day Challenge!  Wowee–I can’t believe it’s here again!  This means I’ve been writing a poem a day since I took the challenge in April 2010.  Two. Whole. Years.  Over six hundred poems.

Ask any writer and I’ll bet 98% of us wonder if we deep-down really ARE writers.  Writing a poem a day has given me an amazing gift–I no longer doubt that I’m a writer.

This month, all the poems will be DOG POEMS, because the dog park is my new addiction.  So, let’s get on with the dog show–arf, arf!


April 1


by April Halprin Wayland

When I am a dog,
I will have a major tail

that wags like Goliath
conducting a deafening marching band,

that fans sweltering July
into blustery October,

that is a circus
all by itself.

When I am a dog,
I will have a major tail

that launches a cheeseburger off the table
without anyone noticing.

Poetry Prompt:
Um…well, I usually write some behind-the-scenes cool detail about the poem here.  But the truth is, I was looking at Eli’s strong, long tail and suddenly I had a teeny case of tail envy.

Now it’s your turn. What animal or inanimate object do you secretly wish to be?  And when you are that animal or thing, what would be the coolest thing you could do?

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

4 Responses to “WHEN I AM A DOG”

  1. Gary Larkin says:

    when I see a squirrel, I bark it

    then I go in the house and pee on the carpet

  2. Richard Moore says:

    Oh! Being a new Poodle is the Best!

  3. April says:

    Hey, Gary! Thanks for stopping by! Ha ha. You know dogs too well…

    And Richard–you ARE a dog!


  4. Richard Moore says:


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