Poetry Sunday: The Song of the Mischievous Dog by Dylan Thomas
There are many quite well-known poems by Dylan Thomas. This is not one of them. But it made me smile when I happened upon it last week. Perhaps it may do the same for you.
The Song of the Mischievous Dog
by Dylan Thomas
There are many who say that a dog has its day,
And a cat has a number of lives;
There are others who think that a lobster is pink,
And that bees never work in their hives.
There are fewer, of course, who insist that a horse
Has a horn and two humps on its head,
And a fellow who jests that a mare can build nests
Is as rare as a donkey that's red.
Yet in spite of all this, I have moments of bliss,
For I cherish a passion for bones,
And though doubtful of biscuit, I'm willing to risk it,
And I love to chase rabbits and stones.
But my greatest delight is to take a good bite
At a calf that is plump and delicious;
And if I indulge in a bite at a bulge,
Let's hope you won't think me too vicious.
It's very whimsical and utterly delightful. It has the cadence that I remember from childhood when first experiencing poetry. This makes my day!ReplyDelete
Thomas did have a bit of whimsy in him. Like most poets I suspect.Delete
This made me smile.ReplyDelete
I'm glad. We need all the reasons to smile that we can find.Delete
Who knew he wrote such humorous poems? I'm glad you shared this one. :DReplyDelete
It's not what he's known for, of course, so I was especially delighted to discover it last week.Delete
A completely fresh and charming poem! Dylan Thomas apparently wrote and published this poem when he was eleven.ReplyDelete
His talent exhibited itself very early in life.Delete