Panegyric Poetry: Ode to Morrie


Ode to Morrie

Oh you ball of energy, you little snarl of fluff.
When it comes to hugging you, I cannot get enough.
Your hair so black and curly, your teeth so sharp and white
that it is an honor when you choose to bite.

Your flair at ball retrieval truly has no equal.
However many thrown for you, you always seek a sequel.
Your eyes luminous marbles, your nails a lovely shape
from running over terraces to stem a squirrel’s escape.

Your hairy little jowls would put Borgnine’s to shame.
So many little mysteries for which you aren’t to blame.
What creature eats the birdseed spread out on the wall?
What other creature has your leap? What other dog the gall?

You give the cats their exercise and what possum would dare
to stray into a garden given to your care?
Oh brave little caroler when interloper passes,
Your mighty barks belie your size. No burglar tests your sasses.

At night you serenade me with your howling croon
accompaniment to ambulances or the rising moon.
My revered alarm clock, my companion after dark,
as now and then throughout the night I celebrate your bark.

Each day I laud thy energy, thy beauty and thy voice.
When I contemplate your dogginess, I cannot but rejoice!
This ode of praise I write for thee, I cannot help but pen it.
If there had been a dog messiah, my dear, you would have been it!


A Panegyric poem of praise for dVerse Poets

32 thoughts on “Panegyric Poetry: Ode to Morrie

      1. msjadeli

        You’re welcome. Judy, Chauncey was my dog from puppyhood (named after Chauncey Billups, part of the Detroit Pistons team at the time ) starting in 2004, but when my boyfriend moved in, it wasn’t long before those two became best buddies. He was still my buddy but he spent most of his time with my boyfriend. Poor little guy got some serious bladder condition and the vet recommended euthanasia for him in 2016. He lived a good life, better than many humans. I still miss him. Now I have 2 little furbaby feline princesses, Mlady and Dotty.

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  1. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely delightful! I especially love; “Your eyes luminous marbles, your nails a lovely shape from running over terraces to stem a squirrel’s escape.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 💝💝

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      1. ben Alexander

        😂 heehee…

        BTW, Judy, please feel free to call me ‘David’, which is my first name. The word ‘ben’ in Hebrew simply means ‘son of’… My pen name is confusing, I know – sorry!



        1. lifelessons Post author

          Aha.. I knew that from “Abou Ben Adam” which I had to memorize in grade school. Just didn’t apply it here. Do you know that poem? It actually helped me to form my philosophy of the age of 11. What poet could ask for more?


  2. Dora

    This is so good I had to read this aloud to my family of dog lovers who all laughed and loved the heck out of it! Well done, and may Morrie live on to bite, bark, chase, leap, and serenade you through the night!



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