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My Gidget and Me: An English sonnet


A poetic tribute to my tiny canine companion

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Death of our dogs is something owners choose not to think about although we know it is coming. In your sonnet, Dean, you eloquently express that since death is certain, the companionship and friendship between dog and man is more certain and is eternal and will survive death:

But hope dwells in my heart, for one fine day
we'll be united in eternity.

Your poem is balanced in its tone of mourning the approaching death of a beloved pet, celebrating how you ". . . cherish every moment spent with you," and hoping for that one fine day when man and dog:

frolic in the sun, to laugh and play,
and you'll be by my side eternally.

You can't make up the emotions in your poem. They are real and your love and talent ascend.

Thank you for sharing.


 Comment Written 11-Feb-2018



reply by the author on 12-Feb-2018
    Thank you very much for reading my sonnet, Andre, and for all of the kind support you've shown me over these past few years. As a dog lover yourself you obviously understand where I'm coming from here.
    I also sincerely appreciate the six stars as well
    Enjoy the week ahead, my friend. It was great to hear from you.
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That was a beautiful Ode to commemorate your pooch. You are definitely a pooch lover. Good sprinkled alliterations. Good flow of assonance. Great subtle rhyming. Fantastic poem and photograph too! Nice!


 Comment Written 25-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 25-Jan-2018
    Thanks for checking it out, sunnilicious.
    Much appreciated.
    ~Dean
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Have to give a six because this resonates so with me. I had 3 old girls that I lost them all in the last 2 years-all rescues. 15, 16 and 18. The 16 year old was an Italian greyhound, and though I have loved and lost many dogs over the years, that one nearly killed me! Her name was "Mini Me." I may have mentioned her before but think of her so often. I hope you have as long as you can with dear Gidget. What a sweetheart. I have my 2 giant rescued goats left, but they are not quite as cuddly-haha. We have a sweet little chiweenie, though and I am becoming quite attached to him.


 Comment Written 23-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 24-Jan-2018
    Thank you very much for reading, JoAnn and for that shiny sixth star too.
    We nearly had a Chiweenie. Our Dachshund, Frankie Furter (we call him "Frankie" for short) got a hold of Gidget on more than one occasion. We finally had him fixed and never had to worry about Gidget getting pregnant again.
    We really get attached to our pets, don't we? When we lose one of them, it's just as traumatic as losing a child...almost.
    Best wishes,
    with gratitude,
    ~Dean :)
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This is very, very moving, Dean. Our furry friends become more than companions - they are members of the family.

Many dogs live long lives, and I hope, Gidget will be with you for a long hold.

What a great gesture - to write a sonnet for your dog.

The poem is very structurally sound as a form except one spot where the iambic meter limped:

when death comes calling to whisk you away.

The iambic pentameter is off.

Suggestion:

When death appears to carry you away


 Comment Written 21-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 22-Jan-2018
    Thanks, Yelena.
    I appreciate your review and I will look into that line you mentioned.
    Much appreciated.
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Great entry for the sonnet assignment, Dean! Loved the heartwarming story!
Aren't dogs just the best!! i've had cats and I've had dogs -- give me a lovable dog every time. lol


 Comment Written 20-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 21-Jan-2018
    Me too, Kathy. I always say there's a good reason D-O-G spells God in reverse.
    Thank you very much for reading and for the generous six stars too.
    I deeply appreciate it.
    ~Dean :)
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This is excellent tribute to your lifesaver. People don't realize the strength that animals, family, give us and she is never just a dog to one that understands


 Comment Written 19-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 19-Jan-2018
    I couldn't agree more, Barb.
    Thanks for reading.
    ~Dean
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Oh Dean! I'm sorry - I'm without words. All these years later, all my beloved dogs--and I still grieve. I've written a poem for you in response to this one. I hope you will find time to read it. (No sixes left or you'd have one for this touching tribute to your precious Gidget.) *********************!!!


 Comment Written 19-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 19-Jan-2018
    Thank you, Dawn. Your words of understanding and thoughtfulness are reward enough, I assure you.
    I appreciate your review and I'll be sure to read your response poem ASAP.
    Have a great weekend, Dawn.
    ~Dean

reply by Ideasaregems-Dawn on 19-Jan-2018
    You too, have a good weekend. Most welcome.
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She is your child, your friend and so much more, Dean, and seventeen years is a long time. We lost our cat last year unexpectedly, and we still mourn her loss. Some people don't understand a person loving their pets the wayT we do, but those are the same people who have never owned one and felt the bond we feel. This was a lovely poem and filled with love. : Sandra xx

Kay has been in touch to tell me you will be in London on the 19th February. I have to sort some things out, but with any luck I'll be able to come up and say hello. It would be really nice to meet up. :) xxx


 Comment Written 19-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 19-Jan-2018
    Yes, Gidget has gotten me through some very tough times, Sandra. When my wife walked out after almost 22 years of marriage, I don't know what I would've done without her.
    I've had to make changes in my travel itinerary where coming to London is concerned, unfortunately. I've been subpoenaed as a witness in a local assault case.
    I'll let you know the new date well beforehand.
    Thanks for your review.
    Have a nice weekend


    ~Dean :)

reply by sandramitchell on 19-Jan-2018
    I'm sorry to hear about your wife walking out. It's hard and painful. I can see how Gidget would be the one to save your sanity. Our pets love us unconditionally, unlike people. We could learn a thing or two from them. Hope the court case doesn't go on too long before you are called as a witness. Let me know when you finally get away. xxx

reply by the author on 19-Jan-2018
    I sure will, Sandra, and thanks again.
    ~Dean :)
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Seventeen years, Dean????

OMS?? That's wonderful and sooo terrifying. I've had one pet as long as twelve and it wasTHE WORST to let her go. I can't even consider what it might be like.

So, tell me she's in excellent health and doing well???

The sonnet was lovely. Thank you!

Btw, do you know when his next class series starts, off hand? And what it is?


 Comment Written 18-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 19-Jan-2018
    Yes, Gidget's doing really well, all things considered. She's got the mind of a puppy trapped in a 74 year-old body.
    Like all of us she has her good days and her bad ones.
    Jim's next class starts today, Friday, January 19.
    It begins at 5:00 pm EST.
    There are 3 seats still available.
    It's a class on rhyme and meter.
    I've already signed up.
    Thanks, Robyn.
    ~Dean

reply by robyn corum on 19-Jan-2018
    Which is 4 my time and I will still be out of town -- though at a haiku club meeting, which IS a positive. *smile* I will keep trying. Thanks for the info. Happy about Gidget.

reply by the author on 19-Jan-2018
    You're welcome, Robyn.
    ~Dean
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I know Gidget has been very important to you, and I can tell how much a part of you she is.
It's hard that dogs have a short lifespan, because they are often better than some humans. Maybe most humans.
I think she lived to begin with because she loved you, and has stayed past her life expectancy for the same reason.
Thank you for sharing her with us, and for honoring her here.

Take care,
Rhonda


 Comment Written 18-Jan-2018



reply by the author on 19-Jan-2018
    Thanks very much for reading and understanding, Rhonda.
    Take care,
    ~Dean
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