A Golden Shovel Poem (Part One) #terriblepoetry

Chel Owens tempts us, here with her terrible poetry prompt, though this one isn’t actually hers. Take a famous poem. Take each word in the first – or other line – and use those words to end the lines of your poem. Make it about your pet.

Mine takes Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways, though since no one says thee these days, I’ve subbed you for it.

How Do I Love You, Let Me Count The Ways

A Golden Shovel poem.

Dog Love Made Manifest

I do wonder HOW

I let you get away with it. I lose concentration and you go and DO

A poo. I

‘m probably listening to a podcast when some little old lady says, ‘LOVE,

He’s crapped over here.’ She expects me to pick it up. ‘YOU

Sure?’ I ask because I’m blowed if I can see it in the leaves. You’ll LET


Take the blame if I don’t pick something up. I’ve lost COUNT


Times I’ve had to pretend for you, but I always forgive you your funny little WAYS.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to A Golden Shovel Poem (Part One) #terriblepoetry

  1. I object on behalf of The Society for the Protection and Proliferation of Thee!

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Such a good Dog, and now the stimulus for poetry, What can’t that animal do?

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  3. Erika says:

    They always get away … hehe.

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  4. Darlene says:

    Well done, Mr Wordsmith.

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  5. Yvonne says:

    Oh Dog, now you have become a Muse. (Can a boy dog fulfil that role??)

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    Every dog owner can empathize 💜

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Language Timothy!

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  9. Chel Owens says:

    This was truly terrible, Geoff. Congratulations.


  10. Gr8BigFun says:

    You sure my dog wasn’t your muse. Terribly done, congrats.

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    • TanGental says:

      I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find a sort of muse-group plotting our overthrow as we all bend to peer at the ground at the same moment…


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