Unter Commemoration August 19, 2020

This is the last blog post in the Unter commemoration.  Tomorrow is the last day a new blog post will be posted on the blog.

Unter was a very good dog.  He was big, gentle, happy, playful, and simply a good dog.  He is missed.  Goodbye Unter.


going outside
filling the water bowl
setting it down
giving you treats
cleaning your eyes
adjusting the fan
petting your head
sitting by you
in the afternoon

Unter Commemoration August 18, 2020

there are only so many words
to paint the picture
it never seems complete


This poem is about trying to describe Unter.

It can be hard to describe a dog.  How many ways can a dog be described as friendly or cute or happy?  How many ways can a bark be described or the way he sat or how he moved?  Somehow the words can seem incomplete and repetitive.  They don’t get across how he was.  They don’t get across what he meant to people.  Somehow the words leave the picture incomplete.

Poetry topic idea: commemoration

Today’s poetry topic idea is commemoration.  Many things can be commemorated in a person’s life.  They might be personal (e.g. a person commemorates the day they started a business) or impersonal (i.e. a commemoration of an external event like the anniversary of a historical event).

A poet could write a poem where they commemorate something.  They could also shift the perspective some and write about the commemoration itself.  As mentioned above, they could write about personal or impersonal events.

Although commemorating might generally be seen as positive, a poet could shift the perspective and write about a commemoration from a negative point of view.  They might write about the commemoration of a somber event.  They might also write about a person or group who was negatively impacted by an event that is being commemorated (e.g. a town with a sports team might commemorate a championship, while they town with the team that got defeated for the championship might not celebrate).  They might also write about someone with a negative emotion at an otherwise positive commemoration (i.e. an unhappy person at the party).

Here is an example poem that uses the idea of commemoration:

“This town was started,”
so the speech went,
“when all those years ago,
those determined pioneers,
who decided nothing would stop them,
no matter the cost,
decided this place,
would be a good spot,
to settle,
after two wagons broke down,
and no one had,
replacement wheels.”

Shadow Commemoration Day Forty

This is the last post in the commemoration of Shadow.  There have been twenty six posts counting this one in the forty day commemoration.

Shadow was a good dog and is loved and missed.  Hopefully this commemoration has helped honor him and has helped readers relate to him.

Below is a poem about Shadow.

Tomorrow, posts will go back to the way they had been.


A small,
joyful creature,
with happy eyes,
and a smile,
with gleeful romps,
and cheerful play,
he’s missed,
and loved