Poems

Before I Was a Dog Mom

I made and ate hot meals unmolested.
I had unstained, unfurred clothes.
I had quiet conversations on the phone,
even if the doorbell rang.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got to bed
or if I could get into my bed.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I cleaned my house every day.
I never tripped over toys, stuffies, chewies
Or invited the neighbor’s dog over to play.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I didn’t worry if my plants, cleanser, plastic bags,
toilet paper, soap or deodorant were poisonous or dangerous.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never been peed on
Pooped on
Drooled on
Chewed on
Or pinched by puppy teeth.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had complete control of
My thoughts,
My body and mind.
I slept all night without sharing the covers
or pillow.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I never looked into big, soulful eyes and cried.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn’t stop a hurt.
I never knew something so furry and four-legged
could affect my heart so deeply.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never held a sleeping puppy just because I
couldn’t put it down.
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was well.
I didn’t know how warm it feels inside to feed a
hungry puppy.
I didn’t know that something so small could make me
feel so important.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being
A Dog Mom

-Author Unknown

A Cat Named “Loon”

Elliptical calico creature
Of apricot, brown and black
On checkerboard back
Bears coal-colored islands
In a sea of ivory fluff
Kept by brush-like tongue
Taking special care of the
Midnight heart on your side.

Soft-maned lioness
Of ovoid face
Protruding ears alert
Picks up scents with
Pink champagne-glass nose
Whose base forms a Cheshire smile
Effervescent bristle feelers
Spout from both sides of the goblet.

Your eyes are black slits
On emerald spheres
Of translucent crystal
Below the wrinkled brow
Of your curious, cocked head.

Stalking your territories
On padded paws
You noiselessly whisk by
Thumping your tail at anything that stirs
Astute feline beast
Queen of Lombardy
Dignified and spirited
Cat named “Loon”.

-Sheryl A. Weinstein

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