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And here are links to Poetry Month
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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 8


by April Halprin Wayland

“Circle,” James says.
So we walk the perimeter.
“You’re their Alpha Dog—they need to know where you are.

They have to look up, find you,
every few minutes.
It keeps ‘em out of trouble.”

So we walk laps along the border of the dog park;
and sure enough, Lacey and Eli check on us,
just as he said they would.

Eli licks my hand and runs off,
Lacey barks happily,
chasing Eli back down to the last bench.

I suppose it’s like God,
circling the perimeter
of my life.

I have to look up, to find God,
It keeps me out of trouble.

Poetry Prompt:

The dog park is a wonderful metaphor for life.  A metaphor compares two unlike things without using the words “like” or “as”.  For example, her smile isn’t like the sun (that’s a simile).  Her smile is the sun.  Dog park = life.  Dog owner = dog’s God.

It’s your turn.  Look for a metaphor in your life.  Write a poem.  Write with joy.

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

2 Responses to “CIRCLING THE DOG PARK”

  1. Hannah Ruth Wilde says:

    is the ringmaster
    the perimeter
    of a circus
    of dogs.

    Hi April – your poem reminded me of my silly old dog, sam, who sniffs and hobbles around the perimeter of the dog park, while an exhibition of pure breeds and curious-looking mutts carry on in the center. – Hannah

  2. Love this image, Hannah–thanks for stopping by!

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