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Dog Names, A Poem and A Dedication

23 Aug

Today, I give you a poem, ‘My Dog’ by Ian MacMillan, a poet we met several times when we lived in Yorkshire and whose work invariably makes me smile. There has been correspondence in the Guardian letters page of the  human names people give to their dogs which disconcerts some people. I think this name beats the lot.  Try to get hold of the rest of the poem to discover the wonderful name Ian gives his cat!

My Dog

by Ian McMillan (I Found This Shirt, Carcanet)

April is the Cruellest Month
might seem like a strange name for a dog,
and sometimes I think it is
when I’m shouting her name
on the high moors
in the driving wind.

‘April is the Cruellest Month!’
I shout,
‘April is the Cruellest Month!’
and my dog runs up to me,
barking, wagging her tail,
and I feel slightly, ever so slightly
embarrassed.

But then when people say
as they walk by me
on the high moors
in the driving wind,
‘Can a month bark?’
‘Can April wag its tail?’
I swell with pride
because my dog’s name
is image, and metaphor, and poetry.

I won Ian’s book, “I Found This Shirt”, in a raffle at one of his readings and he wrote in it for me with his usual dry humour.

I Found This Shirt

Signed book

 

 
2 Comments

Posted by on August 23, 2018 in Humour, poetry, Postaday2018

 

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2 responses to “Dog Names, A Poem and A Dedication

  1. Mary Fletcher

    August 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I once went to a writers workshop Ian did in Truro which was enjoyable.

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    • mybeautfulthings

      August 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      He’s very entertaining isn’t he? I am cheered by the fact that he has been to Cornwall, perhaps he will come again….

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