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: https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/virelai-poetic-forms

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!

Posted on April 23, 2021, in inspiration. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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