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Saturday, February 18, 2012


My dog sings
arf, arf,
wolf, wolf,

toss him
a cookie,
his singing
needs help!

     Today is a great day for writing a sound poem.  Sit quietly for a few minutes and just listen to the sounds where you are.  Can you hear the refrigerator hum?  Does your clock tick loudly?  Is there a cricket chirping?  Water dripping or running?  is the TV or radio on?  If you go out today listen to the sounds as you go.  A passenger in my car once said, "I can tell when you change gears by the noise your engine makes."  Can you write a list poem of all the sounds you hear?  Or pick just one sound and tell us all about what is making it.  Have a great Saturday. 


  1. Cute! I love this! Thanks for the chuckle.

  2. This one makes me laugh! Love the punchline!

  3. Thanks for stopping by. The world does need more laughter.
    Glad this one worked for you.

  4. I've been thinking about this little poem.
    Basically, it is a simple rhyming couplet.

    My dog sings bow-wow-wow, arf, arf, wolf, wolf, yelp!
    I toss him a cookie, his singing needs help!

    But if I presented it that way, it is boring and I don't think you'd enjoy it as much as the way I have spaced it out.

    It is fun to take a poem and try it in several different lay outs.

    For instance, I could have presented the poem as a quatrain, with a rhyming pattern of A-B-C-B.

    My dog sings bow-wow-wow,
    arf, arf, wolf, wolf, yelp!
    I toss him a cookie,
    his singing needs help!

    But, my gut instinct told me the poem was still too dense that way and the words needed more space and air. So I spaced the poem out and I like this result much better. What do you think?
    It certainly is easier to read if you are a beginning reader.

    So, always think about your reader when you are laying out your poem. Have fun trying this with your own poems.