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Lone Dog
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Irene Rutherford McLeod


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I’m a lean dog, a keen dog, a wild dog, and lone;
I’m a rough dog, a tough dog, hunting on my own;
I’m a bad dog, a mad dog, teasing silly sheep;
I love to sit and bay the moon, to keep fat souls from sleep.

I’ll never be a lap dog, licking dirty feet,
A sleek dog, a meek dog, cringing for my meat,
Not for me the fireside, the well-filled plate,
But shut door, and sharp stone, and cuff and kick, and hate.

Not for me the other dogs, running by my side,
Some have run a short while, but none of them would bide.
O mine is still the lone trail, the hard trail, the best,
Wide wind, and wild stars, and hunger of the quest!

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Irene Rutherford McLeod (1891 - 1968), was born in Croydon, Surrey, England, to a British father and a Swiss mother. In 1919, she married Aubrey de Sélincourt, a writer and schoolmaster, and they lived in London for most of their years together. Irene wrote three books of verse and at least one published short story.

Interesting side note: Aubrey was a brother-in-law of A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh. One of the Sélincourts’ two daughters, Lesley, married Milne’s son, Christopher Robin.

 


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SleepyTurtle:
I remember it from school 55 years ago. English living in Scotland at the time so I related to it in a big way. The only poem I ever remembered in full to this day.
Posted 02/26/2015 09:44 PM
Drak Cross:
When i was in 5th grade i picked this poem because i felt drawn to it . I still do feel drawn back to it when im alone and sad. W ell i love it !!!!
Posted 07/25/2014 03:55 PM
poemlone:
Lovely poem but where is the teachers resource sheet
Posted 01/10/2014 02:54 PM


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