Poodle Inspired Poetry

 A Dog I Didn’t Choose

She was the dog my mother picked out.  The dog my mother named “Princess.”

My tom-boy self was not impressed with a bow-wearing painted toenail creature.

Perhaps my tom-boy self is the reason my mother wanted a dog that would accept painted toenails and being prettied-up with bows.

Poodle Inspired Poetry

To be fair the dog didn’t get a choice. And she was a dog so we got along anyway.

And when she was the topic of my first published work, I guess we bonded.

The annual school newsletter published work from each of the eight grades in our school. Not everyone’s work was accepted. My competitive little fourth-grade self was intrigued. If there was one thing I could do, it was tell a story. Sometimes even true ones.

Imagine my delight when my masterpiece - a work of poetry - was accepted for publication.

My author career was off and running!


My Dog

By Sue Ebbs

Grade 4

I have a French Poodle

who likes egg noodles.

She isn’t your average dog.

She sleeps all day like a log.


The Sequel

Like any creator with a successful first offering, I tried to replicate my success. With a sequel.

Like most sequels, mine fell short of expectations. It netted me a passing grade: one of those at-least-she-completed-the-assignment checkmarks. But even I knew it was short of my previous work. I am certain of this because I can recite the first one quite easily despite the intervening years. But the sequel. Not so much. Not a single line. Not one poetic phrase. I have entirely repressed the memory of that piece of creative work. (Don’t knock it – repression can be a beautiful thing.)

The dog’s fall from stardom began to wear on her too and she let her appearance go. She took to drink.  Okay perhaps she was always a mooch. But I’m the one telling this story.


Lessons Learned 

Lesson 1:

Do not judge people from their outward appearance. Yeah, yeah the adults in my life probably mentioned that a few hundred times,  but it meant more coming from a dog. Princess was pretty and I didn’t hate her for it.

Lesson 2:

Just because you didn’t choose a situation is no excuse for not seizing the opportunities that situation presents. After all, where would my writing career be if it hadn’t been given such an auspicious start?

Lesson 3:

You don’t have to choose something (or someone) to love it (or them.) 


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