Pup-poet laureate?

Not held back by lack of an opposable thumb!

Maggie-dog, assisted by Phil Mataleven

Maggie-dog is our poet in residence, and she is studying the famous poets in an effort to find her own voice.  Her favorite poet is Winnie-the-Pooh and her favorite Pooh poem is An Outdoor Hum for Snowy Weather, which you can see her humming in this picture.

The more it snows / Tiddely Pom / The more it goes / Tiddely Pom / The more it goes / On snowing  (Photo by F. Stop Fitzgerald)

She thinks Dylan Thomas is pretty good, too, and recommends his autobiography, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. Maggie let us borrow from her portfolio for your poetic pleasure.

Robert Herrick wrote:
Delight in Disorder
A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness.
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction
Maggie-dog wrote:

Robert Frost wrote:
Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
But Maggie is not as forgiving as Robert Frost:

There are lots of Nantucket limericks and one of Maggie's favorites is this by Kevin Kepley:
There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who ate all his SPAM from a bucket.
His tummy was round,
And his neck it was bound,
'Til the pressure built up and he chucked it!
Maggie's version is:

Finally, Maggie has listened to a lot of rap music and came up with the following, performed as Sister Maggie. Imagine a record scratching back and forth on a turntable while she bounces up and down:

In a parallel universe, October, 2008