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Published: Wed Jul 1 2009
Wosene Worke Kosrof, The Inventor V (detail), 2022, acrylic on linen. Courtesy of Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
My Dog Earl

His forelegs trochee and his rear legs iamb!

I have it all on minicam:
My dog, Earl, at 4:36 a.m.,
Having completed an olfactory exam

Of my brokeback copy of Green Eggs and Ham,
Raises his piebald right-rear ham
To pee, and I admit I am
Startled by the stream: poor Sam-I-Am!

No Boulder Dam,
No midnight Harlem jam,
No Mary’s little lamb,
No thin men of Haddam
Ever let flow ad nauseam
A patois to match my Earl’s salaam.

His forelegs trochee and his rear legs iamb!

Daniel Bosch is director of the Writing & Publishing program at Walnut Hill, a high school for the arts in Natick, Massachusetts. (updated 7/2009)

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