My son loves Jack Prelutsky. I can’t blame him – I love Jack Prelutsky, too. One of my top five of his poems is “My Dog May Be A Genius.” If you don’t know it, you might want to go and borrow or buy the book of the same name (if you’re embarrassed to buy a kids’ poetry book for yourself please feel free to tell the clerk it’s for my kid 😀 ). So in honor of National Poetry Month and the man who, after Shel Silverstein, has done so much in recent decades to keep poetry alive for kids, I give you my off-the-cuff poem about Spot.
He has fresh food right in his bowl
but prefers all human cheeses,
even though he throws them up
and emits such nether breezes.
He sheds black fur on my white shirt
and white fur on black jeans.
He won’t attack his knit toy mouse
but bats stray coffee beans. ‘
But when he sits upon my lap
and covers me with fur
I can’t help merely loving him
just for his rumbling purr.
So, yes, he sheds insanely
and he makes an awful mess,
but we love him very dearly
though he’ll never master chess.
Happy Poetry Month, friends – Love from ina