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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Ode to a Dog Walker
By Teri Wilson


She is a fierce warrior
The leader of the pack
Mender of paws, scooper of poop

Eight leashes grow from her outstretched arms
Eight tentacles, each with a mind of its own
Yorkie, Corgi, Labrador Retriever
Beagle, Cocker, Poodle, Pug
And donít forget the mutt, the All-American breed

She wields her waste bags like a weapon
Tiny, scented plastic sheaths spun tightly in a spool on her hip
Cleaning up after her charges
Each one sitting serenely, eight peas in a pod
Sixteen eyes watching, waiting for her to finish her housekeeping

On the move once again
The sunís warmth waltzing across her back
The tree-lined path is her office, the park bench her desk
The suburban sidewalk is her Iditarod trail

Thirty two paws prance on the pavement
Gleeful yips fill her ears
Furry tails wave before her, flags from eight different nations
Some curly, some silky, some tightly wound, some straight
All blissfully happy, banners of contentment and joy

They travel as one
Manuevering through puddles, across asphalt plains
A thirty-four-footed super spider, creeping through the neighborhood
People smile and point at their presence
A canine army and their fearless commander

She is a fierce warrior
The leader of the pack
Mender of paws, scooper of poop

Only one obstacle can break her peaceful reverie
A fearsome force looming up ahead
She spins around and retreats, urging the others to follow
Maybe they wonít notice the evil lurking in their midst
What wickedness is this?
Eek! A cat.

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Dixie Phillips05/24/07
Last line was a "got-cha" moment for me. I've got a friend who is a cat lover. I'm going to have to share this with her.
Maxx .05/24/07
I'll admit to being doubtful at the title ... but this is well thought out and the construction is great! And the last line brought it all together. Good job!
Cassie Memmer05/24/07
LOL! Why do dogs hate cats? LOL! This is cute, love the poop scooping. Nice job, O Pack Leader!
Debbie OConnor05/25/07
Great fun. I love it...especially the last line. :)
Leigh MacKelvey05/27/07
Great metaphors, lots of imagery and nice alliteration! All make up a great poem. Good job!
Rhonda Clark05/27/07

My favorite line is, "The tree-lined path is her office, the park bench her desk
The suburban sidewalk is her Iditarod trail"

Also, love the last line.
David Butler05/27/07
I will never despise dog-walkers again - as long as I live! Great sense of humour and word-painting.
dub W05/28/07
Betty Castleberry05/28/07
This is fun, and the last line makes it priceless. Well done!
Henry Clemmons05/28/07
Ah ha, very nice, cute and well worth the read.
Benjamin Graber05/28/07
LOL, this is cute. Way to stretch for the challenge! :)
Dee Yoder 05/29/07
Your wonderful poem proves there is a touch of greatness in every job-even the scoopers can have their day in the sun! Fun reading.
Debora Dyess05/29/07
I suppose evil, as beauty, can be in the eye of the beholder! (At least in this case.) Very cute.
Jan Ackerson 05/29/07
This actually reminds me a little bit of Carl Sandburg's famous poem about Chicago--I love the line "scooper of poop." I'm just weird that way.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/29/07
I really like the pictures you painted of the dogs.
Loren T. Lowery05/29/07
Wonderful imagery - "A thirty-four-footed super spider, creeping through the neighborhood."
This cinched it for me. Really enjoyed this fun romp through the neighborhood with all your charges - thanks for allowing me to tag along!
Joanne Sher 05/29/07
No wonder this got "bought up" - and no wonder you're in masters. I hope you continue to write poetry, because you clearly have a gift for it. Wonderful.
william price05/29/07
Some classic lines. An overall GREAT poem from my favorite canine poet. God BLESS!:)
Caitlynn Lowe05/29/07
Definitely put a smile on my face. Nice work!
Bryan Coomes05/29/07
I really enjoyed this. Alot of nice visual elements mixed with humor. The ending is great. Congrats again on the sale. :)
Catrina Bradley 05/29/07
Very nice! I love the image of the sidewalk Itirod. Being a dog owner, I guessed what menace was lurking. :)
Rita Garcia05/30/07
Fun and delightful!
Donna Powers 05/30/07
Very enjoyable. Lots to amuse me here. Thanks for sharing it
LaNaye Perkins05/30/07
This was delightful to read. I loved it!
Dara Sorensen05/30/07
Hehe--that's great! ^_^ The dog walker truly is a hero of sorts, lol.
Lynda Lee Schab 05/31/07
I love this! I laughed out loud at the "scooper of poop." My son is "starting a business." His "brochure" says, "Got Poop? I'll Scoop!" LOL
Too fun. Great entry!