I've been participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers. I love the challenge of composing a piece of writing at least once a week about life or teaching.
This week I was drawn to two beautiful books and bought them both:
Listen to the NPR interview with Cynthia Rylant here.
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
The books and the beautiful poetry in them inspired me to write a poem about my own dog and his abundant joy:
Wearily I enter through the cluttered laundry room
at the end of the day;
it's dark already.
My heeled shoes
hurt my feet, and I kick them off.
I set down my bags, burdened with things to do.
I hear an eager whine beyond the laundry room door,
and I smile.
My day was long and I am tired,
but I know what awaits beyond that door.
A small being of infinite energy and full heart,
wagging his tail so hard it winds up his whole backside.
So happy to see me.
I open the door and
suddenly, my mood lifts.
I have dinner to cook, papers to grade, errands to run.
But right now, I have dog to greet.