dog by Valerie Worth


Under a maple tree
The dog lies down,
Lolls his limp
Tongue, yawns,
Rests his long chin
Carefully between
Front paws;
Looks up, alert;
Chops, with heavy
Jaws, at a slow fly,
Blinks, rolls
On his side,
Sighs, closes
His eyes: sleeps
All afternoon
In his loose skin.

This poem is one of the seven poems central to Sharon Creech's Love That Dog, a novel written in verse. "dog" can be found in Valerie Worth's book, All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, which is illustrated by Tuck Everlasting author, Natalie Babbitt!