Poem: Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog

Dr. Joel Ying, MD

Physician, Educator, Storyteller. He hosts this website for "Living the Present Moment" as a conscious journey of Body, Mind, Emotion & Spirit. Holistic and integrative, his practice includes Tai Chi and Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy, Healing From the Core, Meditation. Always exploring his edges, he shares them in the blog, newsletter, courses, and online study group.

Latest posts by Dr. Joel Ying, MD (see all)

Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
She’s making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.

Are you looking for gift ideas? Give the gift of humor and keep them laughing.
Judith Viorst is the author of many books for children and adults. You can find this poem in her anthology, If I Were in Charge of the World … and Other Worries: Poems for Children and their Parents. She is also the author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day, Very Bad Day. Check out the many Judith Viorst books.

Comment: