May the fourth be with you III

Eight years ago on Star Wars Day
and Obi Wan Kinobi
Small brown, all pudding paws and plump
came to live and stay

Name - no brainer (Ed decided)
so Obi Wan Kinobi
could not on May the fourth be else
something in all confided

So eight years on and May the Fourth
with Obi Wan Kinobi
be with you all and with you stay
on Star Wars day of course


Photo – Obi Wan Kinobi (2023) – less brown, more grey – Jempics


Good Friday Wanders

The sun shone on Good Friday morn
as we went walking for some fun
Two sisters, father and a dog
as this good day has just begun
Started in fair Arundel
then through the castle ground
up through the South Stoke country park
where marvellous things were found

Views that took our breath away
with skies of deepest blue
this was a time to revel in
which we all four there knew
As it happened the eight miles we planned
turned into something more
though none of us we minded
with the wondrous things we saw

But the Black Rabbit pub it was
a welcome thing to see
as down the river path we came
footsore and thirsty we
Some fourteen miles of Sussex
for a walk which was the best
though when back home for buns and tea
we welcomed then the rest


Photo – Jempics

Unconditional (reprise)

Concluding the ‘My very best’ series (12 of 12)

I don’t ask for much in life
I settle for the least
A bed to sleep in, warm at night
And now and then a feast
A little exercise most days
In the garden, out the back
Some water there to quench my thirst
And perhaps. sometimes. a snack

Yet in return for these small things
I’ll be a life-long friend
Always there to welcome you
On me you can depend
For I am faithful to the last
Ever by your side
I’ll be a true companion
In whom you can confide

I’m always pleased to see you
Whenever that might be
No matter how you’re feeling
For that’s part of being me
For I am dog you understand
A canine through and through
Unequivocally there to be
A special friend for you


Photo – Obi Wan Kinobi – March 2023 – Jempics

Unconditional‘ was first posted to Jemverse in January 2015

[Today concludes the ‘My very best’ series – a selection of 12 of the many thousands of poems I’ve written to date in my 50+ years as a poet. There are many more I could have picked so perhaps there’ll be a ‘My very best II’ at some point. Who knows? One thing  is certain; I’ll not stop writing!]

A good nap

I'm curled in a circle in my little bed
on the floor in the room where I rest my head
when I'm not barking or running instead
as mostly I need a good nap

I'm curled and I'm comfy and that's a no-brainer
as with anything else I'd be quite the complainer
for comfortable snoozes I'm a canine campaigner
as mostly I need a good nap


Photo – me (Obi Wan Kinobi ) snoozing – Jempics

In the autumn now

October shadow, Obi's field
in the heart of Sussex Weald
barely was the warmth concealed
in the autumn now

Walked a mile around the place
felt again familiar grace
with the sunshine on my face
in the autumn now

Obi ran, he always does
round in circles there because
this is how he gets his buzz
in the autumn now

Spent up there our usual hour
underneath the oaken bower
turning trees above us tower
in the autumn now


Photo – Jempics

The poet’s dog II

In his favourite chair he sleeps
whilst words behind him flow
the poet's dog oblivious
to this refined tableau
Yet his presence is a comfort
as there once in a while
the poet looks up from his work
and sees him with a smile


Photo – Jempics

What we dogs are about

On a bright day in September when out for a walk
with my G-pa and G-ma for a sniff and a talk
they showed me the sights, the river and such
but I have to say now, can't remember that much

'Cos the smells in the grass and the other dogs there
were all that held interest to be frank, though I care
'Cos I love them both dearly; they're my people and kin
and I'm grateful to both for the places we've been

For my name is Wolfgang, a Patterdale me
and this is mostly about the places I've wee'd
As that's really what a dog's life is about
So I'll say that here with a loud barky shout


Photo – me (Wolfgang) at Cuckmere Haven (nice smells pending) – Jempics

Selfie with Wolfgang

Took a selfie with Wolfgang (me in the red)
Two chaps on the sofa rear-facing instead
He belongs to my daughter and son-in-law, Lee
but I've known him since birth so he's precious to me
Two good friends together for the selfies one takes
captured there in a moment for memories to make


Photo – Jempics

Professional Qualifications

My professional qualifications
are my paws and yes, my ears
and I've been honing up my skills
for over seven years
My whiskers? Yes, they play a part
as does my curly tail
but when push comes to the shove
my paws and ears regale
For I am dog and this is what
I need to remain regal
and do the job that I'm here for
to care for both my people


Photo – Obi Wan Kinobi – Jempics


A Woozle went a-running
in a field in the sun
his ears pointing upright
as he galloped on the run
Thunderpaws by nature
they were thundering today
as he ran around in circles
with a 'hip hip hip hooray'
For this was joy unbridled
unfettered running free
expressed there in his features
with a dog smile full of glee


Photo – Obi Wan Kinobi running in his field – Jempics

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