Friday, May 3, 2019


Some random yellow lab puppies I found on the internet
My National Poetry month series was "Dog Days," in which I wrote thirty poems, all about dogs. At the end of the month, I announced that soon, sometime in the next month or so, I will become a puppy mom for Canine Partners of the Rockies. The yellow lab I will be raising was born in California, and will be coming to Colorado sometime after May 22nd. I'm excited and more than a little nervous, I haven't had a puppy in my life for about ten years, and this will be a very special puppy, that will take lots of extra time and energy. I came across the Linda Pastan poem, which seems perfect for the occasion.

"The New Dog"

Into the gravity of my life,
the serious ceremonies
of polish and paper
and pen, has come

this manic animal
whose innocent disruptions
make nonsense
of my old simplicities--

as if I needed him
to prove again that after
all the careful planning,
anything can happen.

Linda Pastan

Jama Rattigan is hosting Poetry Friday today. Stop over there and read two delicious Spring poems.


Linda Mitchell said...

Congratulations! What a perfect poem to share with new puppy owners. I love it.

Jean said...

I can't wait to hear about your adventures!

jama said...

Yes, it *is* the perfect poem for what is to come. Congrats on the impending arrival of your new puppy, Carol. I imagine we'll be hearing more about this exciting event in future posts. :)

Ruth said...

Don't you just love finding the perfect poem?

Alice Nine said...

Congratulations! Linda Pastan's poem is perfect for the occasion. And just think of all the puppy poems you will be inspired to write and share. Looking forward to reading them.

Tabatha said...

Anything can happen! And it will :-)
Take lots of photos -- can't wait to see your furbaby.

Cheriee Weichel said...

Congratulations on your new adventure. So much joy is coming into your life!

Mary Lee said...

Amen, and amen. You will have SO much fun!!

Kay said...

That is the perfect poem for a puppy. Good luck on your next puppy adventures. I hope you'll share pictures.

Carol Varsalona said...

Carol, what a glorious time you will have as a Puppy Mom. The poem is fit for a celebration.

Molly Hogan said...

It was such fun to come back to this post and poem after seeing pictures of you and Rooney. What a perfectly delightful puppy poem!