Canis Lingua

For today’s prompt, write a communication poem. All poems communicate something, I know, but I’m thinking of different ways people can communicate: text message, letter, signs, and even speaking dialogue. Of course, there are forms of communication as well, because people love communicating.

Canis Lingua

I speak dog— not fluently— but I get by
I’ve had a lisp since I lost my tail

We don’t talk politics or poetry
canine aesthetics are very different
more concerned with smells and rolling

We communicate with smiles
and eyes and panting tongues
head tilts and play bows

We’re pals sharing the joy
of rough-housing— the suspicion
of strangers and the sorrow of solitude

We drink life straight from the bowl
and sing praises to the moon
every chance we get

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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16 Responses to Canis Lingua

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Woof woof! 3 tail wags for this.

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  2. Brilliant! I particularly love,
    “We drink life straight from the bowl.” ❤👩‍🦰❤

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  3. Lisa Tomey says:

    I can almost smell the distinct dog breath. This one gets 5 paws up!

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  5. AppophiaM says:

    This was really beautiful…an enjoyable read.

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  6. As an avid dog lover, I adored this poem! There is a Dog who lives in my head, Buster the Dog, and he gives your piece a loud woof, a bit of a tongue loll, and a few firm tail wags!
    Well done.

    Buster the Dog has written three books with me, and there will be another one sometime late this year, or early next year, not sure. We’re going to be working with another writer and a cat, that is in the other writer’s head, so things could get tricky …

    Buster writes little comments that go in the community newsletter I publish every month – the Mallala Crossroad Chronicle, available in hard copy and online.

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    • I like the idea of Buster writing those little comments. I trust they’re over-enthusiastic and over-exuberant. You can have the cat comment on the dog, just keep things snide and sarcastic.


      • In the book Buster and I have planned, I suspect McTavish the cat will be a snarky piece of work for sure. Buster is quite judgemental about mankind, and because he’s been around, and seen lots, has little respect for people … I’ll take a look for an especially over the top and overly excitable one, I’ve already posted, and put it here.

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      • This is a snippet from “Dog Buddha’s Thoughts” the third book in the Buster the Dog series –
        Until humans understand why dogs urinate on trees, they will never come close to understanding the most important things about being a dog

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