Dogs at seven learn to be calm.
Their gray floppy ears like to hear
food being dropped in a metal bowl.
Dogs at seven enjoy long calm walks
only so when they come back,
they can sink into your bed and nap,
smelling like warm glazed grass.
Dogs at seven like hearing
the cheers of babies when they sniff them
and the joyful sounds of tiny children
riding on their backs.
Dogs at seven love to see a brand-new juicy bone
that they can chew on for hours and hours.
Dogs at seven have deep and heavy barks
that they use to scare away cats and squirrels.
Dogs at seven like to feel the dark blue magenta air
flow by as the light in the sky goes dark.
by Camren, 6th grade
Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on Sunny 99.1, KPFT 90.1, and KTRU 96.1 Katherine, WITS Youth Advisory Council Student. The background music is “Memories of an Old Dog” by Fireproof Babies. ccMixter.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.
Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, KPFT 90.1, Sunny 99.1, and KTRU 96