Thank you to Elaine at Wild Rose Reader for hosting this week’s Poetry Friday round-up. I am pleased to be participating again after my debut last week. Thank you all for the kind comments.
This event is a great motivator to finally finish some poems that I’ve had hanging around for years. Here is another original poem that I just finished the other day. Enjoy the poem, and stick around for the bonus activity!
Worst in Show
by Ed DeCaria
No dog on earth is sicker than my good ol’ buddy Bricker.
Compared to me, his cloud of fleas is infinitely thicker.
His greasy coat is gross to pet; it couldn’t get much slicker.
But worst of all, my filthy dog’s a fire hydrant licker.
(And if you wanna know why I still love him, here’s the kicker:
NOTHING chases girls away like loudly yelling “Sic her!”)
© Ed DeCaria, all rights reserved.
I hope you liked the poem. (If not, you can take it up with Bricker.)
Okay, here is the bonus activity. It starts with a question:
What does Bricker look like? Notice that I did not actually describe his physique — his breed, height, length, weight, age, color, tail, etc. You know he’s greasy, but not much else.
I want to know what — and how — you think. I’ve provided a fun little widget on the left sidebar that allows you to draw your own Bricker. Give it a try!
The drawing deemed Worst in Show (that is, the dog that looks most like the real Bricker*) will be permanently embedded in this post along with a custom caption admiring the picture. I know, exciting stuff.
Have fun … and pass this along to your kids, your classroom, your friends, your followers, any unusually dextrous dogs you may know, or whomever else you think might like to poorly illustrate this poem. If you blow up those share buttons and create more than 100 Bricker entries (maximum one dog per customer), I will even upgrade to a real prize. Sorry kids … the prize will not be a puppy.
*Full disclosure: There is no “real” Bricker. I’m allergic to dogs and powerless against Benadryl. But I have a vibrant imagination and I know EXACTLY what Bricker looks like. Soon you will, too.
UPDATE: The winner of the “Worst in Show” dog doodling contest is: Renee LaTulippe