"For I Will Consider My Dog Cosmo"
For I will consider my dog Cosmo.
For he was made small but brave of heart.
For if he met another dog he would play in kindness.
For when he slept he whined only a little.
For he could be silly and strong in the same moment.
For when he spoke he remembered the trumpet and when he ran he struck the floor like a drum.
For he ate almost all the food and drank even the dirtiest of water, yet would nibble of frogs and turtles also.
For he came to me once impaired and almost certain of a short life, yet thoroughly fought in each day.
For he took his medicines with much argument.
For he played easily with the neighborhood's other Jack Russell.
For when he came upon dirt, he rolled through it.
For he was an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For when he sniffed, it was as if he were being pleased by every part of the world.
For when he ran away we rallied him as many times as we could.
For he was a mixture of gravity and waggery.
For we humans can seek self-destruction in ways he accidentally did.
For he took actions both cunning and reckless, yet survived being offered to be admonished.
For his sadness though without words was understandable.
For there was nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there was nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For he was the tribe of Wolf.
When I went away he would watch for me at the window.
For he loved me.
For he suffered before I found him, and never forgot it.
For he loved us.
For when he lay down to enter sleep he did not argue about whether or not God made him.
For he could fling himself to action and laugh a true laugh.
For he loved his brother Woody.
For he would play with Woody in the yard.
For often I see his shape in the clouds and this is a continued blessing.
This is a poem I wrote as a parody of Mary Oliver's poem, "For I Will Consider My Dog Percy," which is a parody of Christopher Smart's poem, "For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry." I wrote this because my dog, Cosmo, is very old and sick, and this was the easiest way for me to cope.
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