From the small dog

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“The time has come,” the doglet said,
“to talk of many things;
Of tennis balls and squeaky ducks,
and sneaky bees with stings;
of why the sparrows fly so fast
and if that cat has wings.”
“Just wait a bit,” the writer said,
“I’m busy with these things.”

“But writer,“ said the small dog then,
“The sun will shortly set,
the pheasants will be playing out,
and rabbits too, I bet.
I really should be practising,
I haven’t caught one yet.”
“Hmm. Never mind, it’s raining
and you don’t like getting wet.”

“Ok then,” sighed the little dog,
“We could consider, please,
the therapeutic benefits
of sharing Cheddar cheese.
Or why that spider’s sitting there,
Or why do you have knees…”
“You scratch a lot,” the writer said,
“You sure it isn’t fleas?”

The clouds were turning dusky pink,
Upon the fading blue.
The writer sighed, put down the pen
another task was through.
“Come on, small dog, go get the leash,
your walk is overdue.”
The small dog answered sheepishly,
“Tough luck, I ate your shoe.”

With apologies to Lewis Carroll….
But none at all to her.
She should come out more.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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46 Responses to From the small dog

  1. VERY GOOD Lewis Caroll take off! I love it. I may have to reblog it I like it so much 🙂


  2. Reblogged this on Poetry by Pamela and commented:
    I love this – but I think Ani is adorable. Just look at those eyes.


  3. esse636 says:

    Brilliant. A great capture of doggie thinking.


  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog….. An Author Promotions Enterprise! and commented:
    If YOU are an author with a faithful doggie – Read this and then take your doggie for a walkie and make it happy 😀


  5. Love it!! Ani is terrif!!


  6. alienorajt says:

    Delightful, Sue, just so sweet and funny! Loved it from the first word. xxx


  7. Jack Eason says:

    Love it Sue 🙂


  8. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Love this poem 🙂


  9. Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    This is very well done and made me smile.


  10. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  11. ORT-ORT-ORT-ORT !!!!!!!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Darcy says:

    HAHAHAHAHA! 🙂 xx

    Liked by 1 person

  13. auntynini says:

    Boy oh boy can I relate! The best poem EVER that beautifully describes the essence of a common interaction – at least in my household! Simply perfect!


  14. Mira Prabhu says:

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    Love doggies? Read this! The dog in the picture resembles my very own Kali Devi…no coincidence because she’s very much like the adorable canine in this hilarious poem…thank you Sue Vincent, Chris Graham and Lewis Carroll!


  15. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on Anita & Jaye Dawes and commented:
    lovely poem, brilliantly written…


  16. Reblogged this on So, I Read This Book Today and commented:
    I am busier than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs full of manics —- so thought I would share this today from the lovely Sue Vincent. Small dogs rule!
    I will be back next week, or maybe before, depending on whether I can get my life under control! Hugs, All!


  17. M. C. Dulac says:

    Lovely! Why do humans have knees? And I love the last line about the shoe!


  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Clever and hilarious – loved it!


  19. so clever. and after one of my favourite poems


  20. Utterly brilliant!! 🙂 🙂


  21. Darcy says:

    The small dog says “Small? I am an adorable giant among dogs. Nothing but low and little? Maybe I should rename myself Hermia?” 😉 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  22. russtowne says:

    I love it! As a writer I often think my dogs want to go outside at the most inopportune times, and I suspect they feel the same way about when I want to write! You captured the feeling well.


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