Day 25: Animal Poem

No Dogs or Cats Allowed

My dad’s rule, and I was
never inclined to debate it.

I had a pet goldfish though
when I was very young.
A few in fact. And
I gave them toys,
cleaned their tank
watched them play,
and talked to them.
The only time I was sure
I was connecting with them, though
was when I moved to
drop food flakes for them.

I would call them to surface
just before dropping the flakes
to pretend they heard me
and listened.
When they died,
my dad and I would flush them.
And that was the beginning
and ending of my
animal experiences.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 25 prompt: Write a poem with an animal in it, or the title; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge