Saturday, April 20, 2019

Poem #19/30- A Dog-Eat-Dog World

I found these cute babies here when I googled Dog-Eat-Dog World.
I love Golden Retrievers and couldn't resist!
I'm feeling a little bummed today, because I missed posting yesterday. I didn't do it intentionally- I posted the link for my Thursday night poem as my link on Poetry Friday. It was a really long week and  when I got home last night, I was really tired. Somehow, I got confused and thought I had already written my Friday poem, when really all I had done was post the link to my Thursday poem on Friday.  This morning, when I was more clearheaded, I realized my mistake. Maybe I will end the month with 29 poems, or maybe I will write two poems one day, or maybe I will go until May 1st. Not sure yet....

"A Dog-Eat-Dog World"

It's a dog-eat-dog world.

If you want to be the alpha dog
you will have to demonstrate dogged determination,
work like a dog, and even if
you are dog tired or sick as a dog
you will still have to dog paddle 
and keep your head above water.
Expect to put on an occasional dog and pony show. 

There will be times 
when you will feel like the tail is wagging the dog
or everything is going to the dogs
avoid barking up the wrong tree
Understand that everyone spends some time in the dog house.

In spite of your best intentions,
expect to encounter a lot of dogfights.
Do not act like a hot dog
or rub people's fur the wrong way
understand that many people's bark is worse than their bite
sometimes it's best to let sleeping dogs lie
but you can teach an old dog new tricks
if you throw them enough bones
if you do have to fight, know when to call off your dogs
occasionally you might even have to turn tail
and slink away with your tail between your legs.

Remember, it's a dog-eat-dog world. 

(C) Carol Wilcox, 2019


Linda B said...

This is 'doggone' clever, Carol. (Couldn't help it! : ) I love the many, many idioms you used! Can you imagine the illustrations?

Elisabeth Ellington said...

I'm sorry you inadvertently missed a day. I always hate it when that happens! But any of your options (writing one more or leaving . it at 29) would be good. I can't believe there are so many idioms with dogs! This is so clever.

Mary Lee said...

Oh, yeah! I am SO saving this poem as a great example of idioms! You missed a day, but you BROUGHT IT with this poem!

Cathy said...

This feels like my life some days. The good news is, every dog has his day.

Ramona said...

What a delightful dog poem! No sweat on missing a day. Poets are a forgiving group. I'm amazed that anyone has the stamina for a month of poems.