The BAHVS vets have proposed an idea to create a small collection of poems that could be sold to raise funds for the campaign.
We are asking as many people as possible to send in poems to be considered. The collection will have a broad remit and it would be great to receive poems about animals, or ones about peoples’ experiences or thoughts on homeopathy or other CAM, or on the struggles that we’ve been enduring and how you’ve coped with it all.
The poems can be funny, sad, thought provoking or contemplative, the choice is yours. There will even be a prize for the best one!
We know several of you write poetry and are relying on you to send in a poem or two and for those that haven’t written a poem before, why not have a go! It’ll be a great project for us all to work on together.
Ilse (who has a poetry pamphlet published) is going to coordinate it all. She has kindly sent one of her poems as inspiration and also a photo of her dog Broccoli, (featured above) who was the subject of the poem.
The submission window will be open until the end of March 2019.
Please e-mail any contributions to Ilse Pedler
The Dog with the Gap-Toothed Smile
After Alice Oswald
I paraded high stepping
around my territories,
to mark my superiority.
I shared my favours,
a lick of the hand, a wag
a certain tilt of the head.
In time, they learnt which foods were acceptable
and quite of their own accord began buying steak.
I praised them for their initiative.
I can’t absolutely remember giving them permission
to lift me on the bed
but it happened, so I let it be.
What I did do
was show them how to stand in the wind to get the best scents,
how to watch the high curve of a ball and let their heart soar with it
and how the simple act of walking can bring the deepest joy,
and I certainly intended
to be charmed by my gap-toothed smile.