(A Poem Inspired By) Love That Dog and Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

love that dogThis is the story
of a boy
who loves yellow dogs
but doesn’t want to write
about them.
Especially not
if they will be on the board
with his name
for everyone to see.

 

 

This is also the story
of how
words
wheelbarrows
chickens
tigers burning bright
apples
street music
Mr. Walter Dean Myers
and a teacher
change that
a little bit
or maybe a lot.

hate that catAnd this is the story
of how the boy
doesn’t want to like black cats
hissing
scratching
tails whisking
ungrateful in trees
but purrs
skittering paws
love
teacher
mother and father
change that too.