Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
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When The Stars Threw Down Their Spears

I've only just become aware that it's National Poetry Day, although by coincidence I did write a poem last week. (No, you may not see it. At least, not yet.)

For as long as I can remember, the title of my LiveJournal Friends page has been 'Some have run a short while, but none of them would bide'. It seemed appropriate for a medium that users pick up and drop, and it comes from this poem:

Lone Dog

I'm a lean dog, a keen dog, a wild dog, and lone;
I'm a rough dog, a tough dog, hunting on my own;
I'm a bad dog, a mad dog, teasing silly sheep;
I love to sit and bay the moon, to keep fat souls from sleep.

I'll never be a lap dog, licking dirty feet,
A sleek dog, a meek dog, cringing for my meat,
Not for me the fireside, the well-filled plate,
But shut door, and sharp stone, and cuff and kick, and hate.

Not for me the other dogs, running by my side,
Some have run a short while, but none of them would bide.
O mine is still the lone trail, the hard trail, the best,
Wide wind, and wild stars, and hunger of the quest!

Irene Rutherford Mcleod


I first came across Lone Dog in I Like This Poem, a classic introduction to the world of poetry which presented poems chosen by children, each with a short paragraph by the child explaining their choice. The very varied contents included Overheard on a Saltmarsh, Chip the Glasses and Crack the Plates, Tarantella and I, Too, Sing America. I don't have the book any more - it probably fell to bits - but I can still remember that the child who chose Lone Dog picked it 'because when I was little I was rough and tough'.

(Another poem in the anthology was Michael Rosen's My Brother is Making a Protest about Bread. When I tried to find it on the internet, Google thought I might want my brother proposed to me.)

Got any poems to share, whether or not they include this year's theme of 'Stars'?
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