October 21, 2011

Poetry Friday--"Power Source"

Last week I went to the local used bookstore and purchased, for $2.99 each, two compact volumes from the "Everyman's Library Pocket Poets" series. Not in perfect condition, but nearly so, and well worth the price. One of the titles is Doggerel: Poems about Dogs, selected and edited by Carmela Ciuraru. I spent a good portion of Sunday night reading through the poems and found this one in honor of my little canine friend, Mary Murphy:

Power Source
by Edward Field

Like harnessing
the tides or the wind,
how about attaching
dogs' tails
to power generators?

I want the job
of patting the dog
to keep its tail

Dogs could generate
enough electricity
for cities, for countries--
light up the world!

Mary doesn't have much in the way of a tail, but she does her best with what she's got. It's more than enough to power a smile.

Head over to Jama's Alphabet Soup for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up and come back next week--the Round-Up will be here!


  1. What fun! And with all the dog-patting, blood pressure would go down, making a dent in the health care crisis as well as promoting renewable energy. ;0)

  2. Adorable poem, Diane. Hooray for all the tail waggers :)!

  3. Aw! Too sweet! The only thing is, Mary Murphy is going to be (more) insufferable now that she's famous.

    Love it, Diane!

  4. Love the photo and the poem. Such loyal friends, dogs are. :)

  5. Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Even though I'm a cat person, I had dogs for many, many years.

    Andy, I don't think Mary Murphy's going to get a swelled head, after all, she can't even read!

  6. cute little poem; enjoyed the link across to jama

    much love...