Yesterday I had a visiting hound for a few hours. Sos is a big, gentle greyhound, and spent much of the visit sleeping on my loungeroom floor while I worked nearby. At one point, though, a noise made me look up and I laughed to see Sos running in his sleep. His legs twitched back and forth, his tail straightened and I swear he was smiling.
Sos was here while his owner was off working, so I’m convinced he was dreaming of going home and having his daily walk. When Is napped this photo a little while later, I knew I had to caption it, with a poem.
Dreams of home, dinner
and morning walks play through mind
of a sleeping hound.
(poem and photo copyright Sally Murphy, 2021)
Something else I am obsessed with is getting poetry out into the world and into the hearts and hands of readers. So I am delighted that today’s Poetry Friday host, Kathryn Apel, has a brand new book out this week: The Bird in the Herd.
When I saw the title of this book, the rhyme just wouldn’t let me go, and I wanted to play with it. This is for you, Kat:
Have you heard
about the Bird in the Herd?
The Bird in the Herd
is good I’ve heard!
So spread the word
about the bird
the bird in the herd
now that you’ve heard.
And, as I played with birds and herds and words, I also started singing, because it reminded me of this song. If you haven’t heard it for a while, you are welcome for the ear worm I am about to give you:
Congratulations Kat for your new book baby!