Remembering Archie

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Brown, barking, bundle of fur
wiggled your way into my heart.
Spinning, whirling, four paws off the ground
greet me, feed me, it's breakfast time.
Butt up, front paws slap down,
goofy tail wagging in the air.
Sit, stay,
drool, eat.
Joy to repeat and eat and eat.

Couch potato curled, then sprawled long
sleeping, dreaming, a twitch and a snore.
Soaking up sunshine, dirt baths galore,
rolling and wriggling, then repeat
Sit, stay,
drool, eat.
Feed me, it's dinner time.

Walking together without leash or command,
trotting along by my side.
My steadfast friend, though a terror to some,
having past terror to be overcome.

Softest ears,
beautiful eyes,
panting doggie grin

suddenly gone.

An empty space left on the sofa,
a hole left in my heart.

copyright ©2015 Terry boswell

It never fails to amaze me how attached I become to the four-legged-furry-loves in my life.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close-up

I’m including three entries to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. The theme is Close-up.

Snuggle puppy.Snuggle Puppy.

Chicken sporting red.The most vibrant red is found on chickens!

Orange butterfly.I’m looking forward to seeing one of these soon!

If you would like to see a few more close-ups of my dog, Sophie, and read my poem ‘Treasured’ click here.

To see more of my neighbor’s colorful designer chickens and read my poem ‘Chicken Incredulous’ click here.

And to find out more about Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges click here. Thank you Cee for the challenge!

Writing 201: Animal

“Make shapes with your poems. Go crazy with enjambment. And pay attention to the animal inside. Hello, Day 4!”

The poetry prompt for day four of Writing 201 is “Animal.”
The form is “Concrete Poetry.”
The device is “Enjambment.”

I’ve been sick with a cold and fever this week and have spent a lot of time curled up on the couch with my dog, so she was the first animal that came to mind for today’s prompt.

Click on the images to see them larger.

Puppy paws playfully pounce,
tossing toys this way and that.
Tail in the air,
snout in a rout,
joyfully sniffing about.

Pausing to sleep in a streak of sunshine.
Dreaming sweet dreams of the next escapade.
Rising,
rested,
ready to go.
Running and racing then
s l o w.

Paws

pause.

Eyes seek me out.

Leaning
lovingly,
strokes,
pats,
and pets.
Curled
cuddling
sublimely content,
my steadfast canine companion.

I’ve made this image available to purchase as a t-shirt, note card, or iPhone cover on Zazzle.com. Click here if you’d like to take a look. 🙂

Words and images by Terry Boswell
Copyright © 2015 Terry Boswell

Christmas Pup

This little fellow is accustomed to wearing sweaters to keep warm, but I was surprised by how cooperative he was with the hat!

Santa Pup

Sleepy Santa Pup

I am blessed to be celebrating Christmas with family and friends. I hope your holidays, whichever ones you celebrate, are joy filled and spectacular!  ~Terry

Photography 101: Synopsis

Photography 101 has come to a close. Perhaps I’ll revisit some of the themes, particularly the optional weekend themes I was unable to do during the event, but for now I’d like to simply post this gallery as a synopsis. All of the included photos were a direct response to the themes presented in Photography 101.

Thank you to everyone at WordPress and to all who participated with comments and likes. It was a great opportunity for growth and a very enjoyable four weeks!

Pup on the Roof … or Photography 101: Edge

I was delighted to get this shot! I had finished photographing the Old School Baptist Church for the theme Landmark, and had turned to walk back to my car. There In the misty grayness of the day, across the street, I spotted this little guy. Pup on the roof! 🙂
IMG-8639-2-pup-on-a-roof-wm I decided to use this as my response to the prompt for day eighteen of Photography 101, Edge.

“Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned… show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.”

The photo is full of lines and edges. I chose to straighten it to the underside of the porch roof.

… And just because I can’t help myself, I’m including this… James Taylor singing Up on the Roof. 🙂