I have composed two short poems in response to Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge: ‘Sayings’. The challenge was to use a saying and incorporate it into a poem. There are many sayings in the English language–two others I considered were ‘Raining cats and dogs’ and ‘Birds of a feather flock together’. However, the one that interested me the most was one that has gained new meaning for me, over the last few years while living with two hyperactive puppies. When you see them sleeping you’d never know…
Heads tucked, quiet snores,
Tails curled, paw lifts in dream chase,
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Urgent barks resound,
Truck trundles down road past house,
Dog tongues slurp water.
‘Oh no!’ she moans wistfully,
‘They’re up! Let sleeping dogs lie!’
For links to other poems incorporating sayings, please visit Jane Dougherty Writes.
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