Amy Barlow Liberatore… stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz

Tag Archives: Dogs


Who knew
a silent flick
would capture our hearts so completely?

Mon Dieu!
The French sure click
The characters captivate sweetly

Dog star
Jack Russell bred
who leapt off the screen with this talent

By far
Critics all said
Our Uggie is smart, cute, and gallant

© 2012 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

For dverse Open Mic Night and my beloved Poetry Pantry at Poets United.  Day 17 of Poem a Day.

This is for Beth, because I know how much she loves Jack Russell terriers.


The point at which I knew Taffy was
the perfect bet was not because of a trick,
nor a whisper (a la Cesar Milan).

For a spaniel, her shape was odd.
She could pack on pounds begging for cookies,
going from one family member at a time.

Once, she ate string, and she sat still
as I eased it back out of her mouth,
her breath not what one would wish for in a dog.

Her coat didn’t shine, and she had
a lifelong taste for running in the back forty
to roll in dead things, then eat them.

But one night, Taffy laid down
on my lap when I was feeling quite sad.
She gently put one paw on my hand.

And I melted into a puddle of mush.

© 2012 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
PAD #2!
For The Sunday Whirl: Trick, Pack, Point, Whisper, Smell, Shape, Shine, Taste, Wish, String, Pet, Paw.
Also with my Poetic Peeps, Poets United.