Wednesday, February 12, 2020

DMC: "Pups at Play" by Tabatha Yeatts


A wee nose-nudge
in a sleeping ear
    earns a grrreeting...
    but she's still sleeping!

He tries a paw-prod,
a leg-chew, a collar-chomp—
    what will it take
    to get her up?

she snarl-rolls to her feet,
    Stop gnawing on me
    while I'm trying to sleep!

He tears down the hall
with her fast on his heels—
    playtime has started
    with a roar and retreat!

© 2020 by Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.

Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our February 2020 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her nonfiction poetry picture book from Millbrook Press:


  1. Aw, this is so cute, Tabatha! I love it all, but that 'snarl-rolls' is just as it is! Terrific answer to the challenge!

  2. So adorable, T! And I love that your word choices are as playful as the subject matter. :)

  3. Happy birthday, M.! 🎈 We had this poem play out this very morning (again). Preston likes to mess with Lucy while she is wrapped up in her blanket.

  4. Oh I can see that nose-nudge (and have experienced several today, as there's no extra dog for someone to play with.) Such a fun poem, Tabatha!

  5. Fantastic! I've seen this a thousand times. Perfect.

  6. I love the nose-nudge and paw-prod. Fun answer to the challenge.

  7. awwwww. I'm just a puddle of love for dog right now

  8. As a dog lover, I have to love this poem. So cute. And I got my copy of Buffy's new book today! Woot! Woot!

  9. Perfect word choices! Can feel and hear and see this one so clearly!