for Miz Quickly Day 25

My mother with that puppy (circle 1938)

          (a poem in reply to Mary Oliver’s “Percy”)

My dog, named after my mum’s beloved dog,
although she told me some years later
that she’d never had a dog by that name,
or for that matter a dog of any name, and

when I showed her an old dog-eared photo
of her holding a puppy, she said
“Oh, that was the neighbour’s dog.”

She couldn’t remember its name, but 
was quite sure it wasn’t Molly because
that name didn’t seem appropriate
for a dog that chewed bark off trees.

But my Molly, not the one that Mum 
never had, ate two pairs of my favourite
walking shoes that I’d left unattended.

I always thought Molly developed a love
of long walks from her appetite for shoes.

Written for Miz Quickly’s Day 25 “My Pet ___”  and shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

2 responses to “for Miz Quickly Day 25”

  1. Two paurs? Man, that’s gruff

    Liked by 1 person

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