Nine in Dog Years: riffing a prompt from imaginary garden with real toads

OK, trying something new today.  My poem below is from a prompt at the imaginary garden with real toads blog. The idea here is to use your name in some way in a poem:

Nine in Dog Years

You imagine carols as
songs of angels, mangers,
bright guiding stars, kings
of orient are bringing gifts
while shepherds watch
so tell me, where is
a connection to this Carol
born under sign of the ram?

Once I was the Carol
of Neil Sedaka’s song,
treating the boys cruel,
making them cry,
because I was truthful,
couldn’t say the lie about love.

Now, I’m still only thirty four
million minutes old, only
nine in dog years. Next birthday
I’ll make tea from the seven
ounces of boiling water heated
by all the candles on my cake.
No angels or kings invited
but maybe a few poets.

Carol A. Stephen

18 thoughts on “Nine in Dog Years: riffing a prompt from imaginary garden with real toads

  1. Carol- This is beautiful. I am so glad you participated in Imaginary Garden with Real Toads today. It’s so nice to meet you.

  2. Great poem, as per your usual. Since I’m a doggie person, it warmed my heart even more. And I thought it was an interesting challenge.

    However . . . Bit of a stretch for me to come up with a poem with my name in it.

    Although, there is a town called Sherrill in Arkansas which I simply must put on my bucket list to visit. A guy named George Sherrill shot up a bunch of kids in a McDonalds in a pre-Google-able year. Wikipedia tells me something that urges me to try to marry a certain Atlanta Braves pitcher, first name George as well. If I do that, I would become Sherrill Sherrill. And then we’d move to Arkansas..


  3. OH I SO LOVE this poem!!!!!!! What a delight! I LOVE “Nine in Dog Years”. My granddaughter gave me a mug that says “In dog years, I’m Dead.” Hee hee. I love the boiling water from the heat of the candles on your cake. SO cool to meet another wild woman!!!

  4. Hi there Carol — I like your interesting response to a prompt I found difficult. “Dog years” made me laugh, and I’m older than you are, but it’ll be a while before I’m 10 in dog years. :o)

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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