“I can’t put into words what draws me to this collection…It’s that mysterious ingredient that can only be experienced.”

Dogs, we’ve finally made it big in the world of poetry. Perhaps one of America’s most beloved contemporary poets, Mary Oliver, recently published an entire book of poems dedicated to the dog companions of her life. This is one of my favorite poems from Dog Songs:






Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night

He puts his cheek against mine

and makes small, expressive sounds.

And when I’m awake, or awake enough

he turns upside down, his four paws

    in the air

and his eyes dark and fervent.

“Tell me you love me,” he says.

“Tell me again.”

Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over

he gets to ask.

I get to tell.

                                          ~ Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Wow and woof~ I feel like Oliver can see right into my soul.


Here at the Small Poodle at Large blog, we are starting a new section called “Dog Poems.” Check it out and add your poetic voice by submitting a poem~