I'm Sally Murphy, an Australian author of over 30 children's books. I'm also the slightly crazy mother of six beautiful kids. You'll find bits of me buried somewhere in every one of my books. I love reading, writing, and speaking about reading and writing.

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Poetry Friday: Family Hound

It’s Poetry Friday, and I wanted to share my latest Poetry Tag offering. In case you’ve missed my previous posts about Poetry Tag, it’s a blogging game I share with my poet friend, Rebecca Newman. We take it in turns to give each other a set of words which must then be incorporated into a poem.

The latest words Rebecca gave me were:

As soon as I looked at the words I had an image of a spotty dog slipping and sliding around. This is the poem I came up with from that image and those words:

Family Hound

I am Spot

Dotty hound

Grotty hound

Sometimes tangly

knotty hound


I am Spot

Slippy hound

Yippy hound

Sometimes wet and

drippy hound


I am Spot

Leapy hound

Creepy hound

Sometimes tired and

sleepy hound.





(Poem Copyright Sally Murphy, 2016)


Now I’m off to think up some new words for Rebecca. Have a great Friday.  You’ll find the Poetry Friday roundup at To Read To Write To Be.