Seniors started a poetry unit today in English, and since I did not write an introduction to myself last week, I figured the best way to get to know me is to get to know my dogs, Puck and Snug. The boys decided to try their hand at writing "Where I'm From" poems, using George Ella Lyon's poem as a mentor text, as this is what students in English did today. I named both Puck and Snug after two of the mechanicals in William Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.
|Puck with my granddaughter, Kayla|
|Puck in the "Cone of Shame" always smiles.|
I'm from old dog spirit
From a cage at the Idaho Falls animal shelter
I'm from barking at the air and strutting my little big man stuff
when Ace roams the neighborhood
when those cats from next door dig in my yard.
I'm from sitting in the window watching, guarding, waiting.
I'm from German Schnauzer and part poodle,
from near death and emaciation
from mom telling dad to bring me home
when he texted her the picture of my sad face in the cage.
I'm from Alpha dog putting Puck in his place as though we're not neutered.
I'm from early to bed
after mom brushes my teeth each night.
I'm from sad looks and letting it all hang out
so I can scratch my back.
I'm from begging for food at the dinner table with Puck
where dad taught us to go when it's time to eat.
I'm from barking at strangers and licking their hands
when they give me a treat.
I'm from snuggling up to mom
from sleeping next to dad's feet
I'm from my buddy Greg, mom's brother.
I'm from marking my territory,
from sneaking out of the house
when no one is looking.
I'm from Ma and Pa's Grooming
from dad combing my beard
from getting dressed up in my new scarf each month.
I'm from Bark Box treats but I always give Puck the ball.
I'm form a dog's purpose is to love and be loved,
from taking companionship and from giving it.
I'm from mom not wanting Puck to be lonely.
I'm from sad on the outside and content on the inside.
I'm form being one of the boys.
I'm from a place on the side of the road
to a home filled with good food, fresh water, warm baths, and love.
I'm from I'm glad there are no cats living here, even though mom wants one.
|Snug guarding the stairs.|
|Snug scratching his back.|