Monthly Archives: April 2021

Poem (virelai): “A Ride in the Car”

April continues with National Poetry Month. I’m challenging myself to write one poem per day for the month. I’m partly using this as a chance to experiment with poetic forms. For the virelai, I challenged myself to write a poem whose form started with the letter of my first name. You can read more about the vieralai form here:

My poem from April 15th just happened to be about corgis (and I’m pretty sure at least one more poem this month will revolve around them as well).

“A Ride in the Car”

Leia enjoying sun and dandelions

We wake up and bark

In the early dark,


To hear singing lark

Or squirrel’s snark


With canine ears: mark

Out teeth like a shark’s


Our owner’s command.

A hush takes the land:

A plop

Of sustenance canned.

Our dish in her hand,

The slop—

Food! We understand!

Our barks, as she planned,

Then stop

As we eat. Then out,

Bark over her shout:

New mark:

The car is about!

We sniff, snort, and scout

Then bark

Excitement and clout

And follow the route:

The park!

Corgi Poetry

It’s National Poetry Month, and I’ve been challenging myself to write a poem each day. As you can imagine, some of those poems just happen to be about my corgis, Leia and Yoda. Here’s one I wrote a few days ago inspired by true events, of course.

“Grading is Better with a Corgi on Each Foot, a Ghazal”

Grading late work is better with my corgis.
Office: sitting warm, cool view, nearby: corgis.

Late work floods my screen: drowning. No end in sight.
Perhaps students were distracted by corgis

Or whatever intrigue captivates their soul:
Cat, hamster, book, song, or asking “Why?” Corgis

Don’t question why I sit at my screen all day.
My feet are their pillow. Sleep. Snore. Lie, corgis.

Life is better with a corgi on each foot.
And what helps me when work makes me cry? Corgis.

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