As promised, for PetFinder's Adopt the Internet Day I have written an original 'Oscar de Wilde' poem. There were three entries to my 'The Poet Doesn't Know It (All) Contest' - where anyone could submit 'lines' about pet adoption for the poem: the winner's 'lines' would be included in the poem and the winner would get co-authorship.
However, I started thinking about how every pet that has been adopted is a winner...and so I decided that it was only fair that all three entries should be winners of the contest as well! (Read on and you will see why I thought they were all winners. I hope they don't mind sharing!) And now....the poem...
One Journey Home
You, lonely beast at the side of the road
Wandering - sad and neglected
Oh, I wonder how many miles have you strode
Chased, tormented, misdirected
In dire need of a helping hand
You search with great persistence
For someone to release you from this strand
Show compassion, lend assistance
Fear! it stops you in your tracks
You cower from aid's embrace
A stroke, so tender - taken aback
Lifted from this desperate place
Brought in from weather, rain and cold
Grateful for the hope and care
Shelter, locked inside a desperate hold
The ghosts of others no longer there
Ethereal whispers, "Don't worry friend,
This does not have to be the end
You can find love, be set free
Just a little luck like these dogs three":
I used to be alone
Without no proper home
But then you came along, sweet person
And gave me bed and bone
When I was a little pup
my_owner came and picked me up
Ever since, we've lived together
and I will love her now, forever
My life used to be such a sad one.
I was so hungry, cold and alone.
You changed all that when you gave me your love.
Thank you for bringing me home.
You, loving dog at the door of the cage
Waiting for one to be affected
Oh, how many had stopped and gazed
Before you were selected
At long last to depart this gloom
Adopted by a love you can call your own
Your happy ending leaves a vacant room
Another soul to find a forever home.
--by Oz the Terrier, Marley Terrier, Millie Dog and Trixie
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