Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Boy and His Dog

image by Zelko Nedic


One might think it strange:
a wayward, rampant boy
whose rough conditions early on...

...one might think would cause
a frenzy of foster parents
falling left and right,
a stack of cards misdealt;
but a good old faithful friend
learned to attack
his checkered moods
with wholehearted love
and sublime attitudes...

...one might think a calming channel
that coaxes robust energy
to settle down, enjoy life
as it is now, not how it was...

...yes, one might think
the ball is finally in his court
and, thanks to his dog, they’re correct.

©laurie kolp

Prompt inspirations:

The Sunday Whirl #67- wayward, falling, frenzy, attack, sublime, strange, settle, rough, channel, ball, robust, life

The Mag 128 (picture prompt)

52 comments:

Kathe W. said...

oh this is so lovely and true.

Polly said...

I love ekphrastic poetry and you have encapsulated the picture in your words here Laurie - lovely

Grace said...

I like that the dog can heal him and hopefully channel his energies to positive thoughts ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

Every boy needs a dog! I love how you used the words of the Sunday Whirl for this picture challenge - the blending of both prompts is flawless.

Gail said...

Dogs do have a wonderful way of winning your heart and reading your moods.

Laurel's Quill said...

Nice, Laurie. Man's best friend...or wayward boy.

Mama Zen said...

Wonderful, Laurie!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Yes. Yes, dogs can do that. :)

Lovely!

Brian Miller said...

excellent...it is pretty amazing how an animal to care for can change things for these kids...i def try some animal therapy...dog...horses are great too....nice laurie

Peggy said...

Dogs can work miracles sometimes. My dog and I like this story with a happy ending.

Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

Great sentiment here, Laurie. That kinship between animals and humans is a special one!

annell said...

I follow the link on your post? I wonder why it takes me to your other post?

annell said...

I did know the other post was not for the Wordle, but "oh well." I love this one! The boy and his dog!

annell said...

there are lots of homeless kids passing through our town, and almost each has a puppy, we have wondered if it is the "love" they are seeking? A boy's best friend.

aspenmeadows said...

Dogs can do amazing healing things. Great tribute.

Daydreamertoo said...

I always post my Whirl before The Mag gets posted. I love how you combined the two Laurie and the whirl words blend in so seamlessly to suit both prompts. Loved this, but, having a little pooch whom I love to bits, I am a little biased, methinks... LOL I loved that due to the dog, the boy was saved. :)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

A wonderful write of mans best friend.

Anna :o]

nan said...

You found light in the dark of day.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so love this. Just what he needed - unconditional love. Just what we all need.

Linda said...

Someone in this world to share your love is very important and it doesn't matter if it is a four legged friend or a two legged friend. A wonderfully uplifting poem , Laurie. Thank you for sharing. =D

margo said...

I'm with Polly! I love the image that gave you your story.

Eva Gallant said...

Love the positive twist on the photo!

Brandee Shafer said...

Man's best friend. I like it!

Dana Dampier said...

Every child should have a pet to learn from and lean on. It's a very special relationship.

miskmask said...

I reckon that everyone needs something or someone that they care about more than themselves. A beautifully written piece.

Elizabeth said...

This reminds me of someone I know and have cared about for years. One of the lost, she stays because of the dogs who have been keeping care of her for years.

Elizabeth

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Lovely and true. Moved along nicely.

irene said...

What a tangential way to write and reveal, Laurie.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Sometimes that's all it takes.

Wander said...

Painful take on the prompt, turned to redemption

Wander

Annie said...

When God spoke of unconditional love, dogs were the model.

SaraV said...

Laurie, you have become the queen of great twist endings! Love this!! (love dogs and happy endings too ;-)

Kutamun said...

Powerful emotion , Laurie, i think your right, when a human is swamped by the machine emotion programs installed in them by other humans and themselves, turning back to nature offers them a way out, like a guide dog ! , thanks .

izzy said...

Animals do heal us in spite of the rest of our lives! nice 'robust'
poem- :)

Sue J said...

Beautifully written.

kaykuala said...

An excellent weaving of the 'whirl' Laurie! A smooth flow despite the many unrelated words!

Hank

Carol Steel 5050 said...

I enjoyed the repetitions of "one might think" and all the usual negative sterotypes. Not maudlin, not overly sentimental, just reality. Interesting use of the wordle. Well done.

Cad said...

Thank goodness for your positive spin on this Magpie! :)

Karen S. said...

You are spot on, life is always wonderful with our best friend.

Raven said...

This is a wonderful take ... completely from the heart, I can feel it. And love it.

Raven said...

This is a wonderful take ... completely from the heart, I can feel it. And love it.

JANU said...

Pets have this power...wonderful.

Tumblewords: said...

Heartfelt loveliness!

Helena said...

What a read! Simply divine!

Tess Kincaid said...

Man's best friend...absolutely...

flipside records said...

I really like this:

"learned to attack
his checkered moods"

Wayne Pitchko said...

I really enjoyed this read Laurie...nicely done

S.E.Ingraham said...

What a great blending of the two prompts ... I forgot entirely that the wordle words were in there somewhere ... and such an uplifting story from a place that could have been quite dark and tragic ... I loved what you did with this and that the dog ended up the hero ... very nice work Laurie. Congrats on your nonet win, incidentally - a good poem, I thought.

flaubert said...

Nice combination of prompts, Laurie.

Pamela

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

i am glad that i got a chance to have a dog at 40... my boss' golden retriever... awesome write!

JJRod'z

Helen said...

'One might think' ... your poem did make me think! Very nice!!

Margaret said...

For the love of a dog, many a child is happy!