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 99.1KPFT 90.1, and KTRU 96.1 Katherine, WITS Youth Advisory Council Student. The background music is “Memories of an Old Dog” by Fireproof Babies. Produced by Susan Phillips.

Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B,, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, KPFT 90.1, Sunny 99.1, and KTRU 96

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