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Life Lessons from My Dog
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Maryalicia Post


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Greet each morning like a welcome surprise,
each family member as if they lit up my world
Delight in what I have to eat, in the freedom to walk
and if confined to old paths
sniff out something interesting each day
If it’s bright, relax in a patch of sunlight
If it’s dark, curl up in my favourite chair
Yawn and stretch when it suits me
Bark only when necessary
Be happy for a pat on the back and a soft word
Don't think about yesterday
or tomorrow
Give love and watch it come back



This poem first appeared in the Pangolin Review.
Used here with the author’s permission.

 


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Maryalicia Post grew up in New York City and now lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is a journalist and travel writer. Her poem, “After You,” which chronicles the year after her husband died, was published by Souvenir Press. Learn more about Maryalicia here.

 

 


Post New Comment:
antoinette:
Yes, yes and yes again!
Posted 08/21/2018 09:00 AM
Dorothy WildhagenD:
Good reminders. Live for each moment. Animals are so instinctual.
Posted 08/14/2018 02:09 PM
Lori Levy:
Great lessons!
Posted 08/14/2018 01:39 PM
wordartdjc:
Although I do not own a dog, or that is, I do not have one who 'owns' me as many of my friends have, I do appreciate how very much they are loved. This poem captures that, certainly.
Posted 08/14/2018 01:00 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this poem. Unique, clever and insightful.
Posted 08/14/2018 12:32 PM
KevinArnold:
The most interesting line, for me is ?each family member as if they lit up my world?? the as if connotes such complexity.
Posted 08/14/2018 09:51 AM
michael escoubas:
My household has 4 dogs who are nothing less than members of the family, and yes, a dog's life is wonderful life!
Posted 08/14/2018 08:42 AM
Sarah Russell:
Smiling. Dogs are the best!
Posted 08/14/2018 08:29 AM
Larry Schug:
Well said. I can't imagine a life without dogs.
Posted 08/14/2018 08:24 AM
Charly:
Pets teach us so much. This littl poem captures it so very well. Do't think about yesterday or tomorrow....just perfect lines for a perfect day. Thanks!
Posted 08/14/2018 08:05 AM


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