Friday, November 13, 2015

Dear Abby - "The Dachshund" by Edward Anthony (a poem)

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a happy week.  Mine has been lovely except for a roof repair.  (I barked my instructions to the roofers.  Momma said she is sure that they appreciated it!)

I wanted to share one of my favorite poems with you this week.  It is called "The Dachshund" by Edward Anthony.   I found it in one of Momma's books here, The Golden Treasury of Poetry (her copy is from 1968).  She said it is a very cute book.  I am certain she is correct about that, but mostly this is what you need to know:  it has a great poem about a dachshund.

Here is the book:

And much more important, here is the poem!   I like that little dachshund illustration!

The Dachshund - by Edward Anthony
Because I waddle when I walk,
Should this give rise to silly talk
That I'm ungainly? What's ungainly?
I'm really rather graceful - mainly.
The experts have been known to state
That there's a twinkle in our gait.
One said "They have a clumsy grace,"
Which after all is no disgrace.
My funny features may abound:
Short legs, long body, low-to-ground,
But I'm about the perfect pal
For man or woman, boy or gal.
I'm gentle, very playful, kind,
I housebreak fast 'cause I'm refined,
I'm smart but never sly or foxy -
No, do not underrate the dachsie!

What do you think? Did the poet capture the personality of the dachshund? I like the phrase "a twinkle in our gait." I also like the lines: "... I'm about the perfect pal for man or woman, boy or gal." Yes, that is true.
I'd love to hear your thoughts in comments below. And -- I hope you have a great day!
Abby xoxoxo