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Inside of a dog

12 November 2010

This week’s Big Tent Poetry prompt was to use a title from the New York Times Best Sellers List as inspiration. I chose Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, which reminded me of the Groucho Marx quote:

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

This short poem is a play around with the idea of being inside of a dog.

Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read,
unless you’re familiar with Braille.
I’m not. I fumble for a torch,
but the dog has not swallowed
any torches recently. There is only
a five dollar note and a chewed up
slice of ham in here. I pocket
the five dollars. It’s not stealing
if the dog will never use it.
He can have the ham.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 November 2010 21:03

    I simply love this poem. It is both playful and well crafted. Bravo.

  2. 12 November 2010 23:10

    You have a delightful – if macabre – sense of fun!

  3. 12 November 2010 23:21


    Loved this…

    electronically yours

  4. 12 November 2010 23:34

    A clever and witty take on the borrowed title.

  5. 13 November 2010 00:41

    A playful poem.

  6. 13 November 2010 08:56

    Love the Groucho Marx quote… The poem is delightful! – made me laugh out loud. Beautifully written too.

  7. 13 November 2010 11:13

    Laughing. This is fun!

  8. 13 November 2010 15:24

    I almost chose this title but you did a far better job than I think I would have and very succinctly at that – well done!

  9. 13 November 2010 22:54

    Using the Marx line to add to the fun was terrific. 🙂 Enjoyed the read!

  10. 14 November 2010 00:04

    How fun! You are very witty indeed…

  11. 14 November 2010 21:32

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

  12. 15 November 2010 03:43

    I had a good laugh with this one, Mallery. You’re a clever lady.
    Victoria C-S

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