Today is World Poetry Day

I wrote this poem when I was 14 years old, over half a century ago. The German Shepherd that I wrote about in this poem was a dog that my father owned and doted on. The little lost dog, I now realize, represented me. This is a sad poem, because I was a very sad and lonely teenage girl. I thank the Lord that I am in a happy, loved place today!

The Little Lost Dog

The little lost dog
looked sadly ahead
wondering where
he might make his bed
the night was cold
and the world so huge
as the little lost dog
sought a refuge

His limbs were thin
his coat was dull
his eyes were sad
he had no one at all
no food to fill him
no place to go —
was there no one to help
a little lost dog?

A gray German Shepherd
so sleek and so fine
paid the lost dog
nary a mind
“No time,” he shrugged
“I have no time
to help a lost dog
it’s no fault of mine.”

“No time!” said he
“I’ve better things to do
than to fool around
with the likes of you.”
Then he pranced up the road
at a haughty pace
kicking dirt
in the little dog’s face.

The little lost dog
so meek and forlorn
died in the face
of pitiless scorn.

……….. So, maybe that explains why I have picked up three starving dogs off the streets and taken them home. Here they are now, getting treats from my wonderful loving husband:

45 thoughts on “Today is World Poetry Day

  1. msaldrich March 21, 2022 / 9:56 am

    Aw very sad poem, very moving. Glad you are happy & loved now…me and my husband rescued two dogs♡

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote March 21, 2022 / 10:53 am

      That’s awesome that you rescued two dogs. Two is a good number. Since I found the third dog last April, I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed. But we love her too much not to keep her.

      According to the veterinarian that I took her to right after I found her, she was only about 7 months old then. So maybe she will outgrow her wild puppy ways. Maybe? She’s the dog in the middle of the picture, probably an Australian Koolie. She herds our big dog all around the house, and tries to herd my husband and me, too!I

      By the way, I named her Angel. All day long I’m saying “Angel, stop that. Angel, NO. Angel, be good!” But she is so sweet, which makes up for all her contrary ways. ❤


      • msaldrich March 21, 2022 / 10:56 am

        Oh sounds like you have your hands full but they’re so loving and loyal. Our second one was a crazy pup too, she didn’t grow out of it though, now 7 and just as crazy and naughty but fun. Our first is calmer, he’s a good boy but still gets nervous easily bless them all♡

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  2. Anonymous March 21, 2022 / 10:06 am

    That’s beautiful Linda. 😍 I have a great love for animals myself. And birds too… my daughter has taught them to fly onto her hand and eat seeds there. Thank you for sharing this lovely verse, written at such a young age.

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote March 21, 2022 / 10:56 am

      How lovely that the birds know they can trust your daughter like that! I count myself lucky when the doves that like to roost in our evergreen tree, don’t fly away in alarm when I walk outside the house. 😀


  3. rubycommenting March 21, 2022 / 10:09 am

    Beautiful poem Linda. Especially good for a 14 y.o. That poem could be a lot of people unfortunately. Sad that there is truth in it.

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  4. tamweary March 21, 2022 / 10:48 am

    Your Poetry was so powerful- even at 14!! Such a marvelous gift from God💕💕

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  5. March 21, 2022 / 12:51 pm

    You are a treasure, my friend.

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  6. Blue Collar Theologian March 21, 2022 / 1:13 pm

    Praise God you are in a better place now. Praise God for His Hand on your life. Lots of love, hugs and blessings!

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  7. hatrack4 March 21, 2022 / 2:13 pm

    Today is also international color day (or colour day). Must our poetry include references to different colors? Or is that too much. Color Day is defined as when the sun shines directly on the equator. But then, after yesterday’s post, I have no idea if this is Spring, Winter, or Sprinter!

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote March 21, 2022 / 3:35 pm

      International Color Day… well, I did mention the gray colored dog. Right now, on this windy, sprintery day, the sky is an alarming shade of black and gray, here in eastern New Mexico. I almost blew away when I walked outside to get the mail, and I’m not that skinny. All three of our dogs are refusing to go out. When that happens, it’s time to start praying!

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      • hatrack4 March 21, 2022 / 7:24 pm

        They said your side of the storm would be blustery but nothing exceptionally dangerous storm wise. Stay safe.

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  8. Lisa Beth March 21, 2022 / 4:32 pm

    Love your furry family!
    A therapist could pick apart this poem but you nailed it. Tearful writing but stands as a testimony of God’s rescuing love in your life.
    Thank you Linda Lee.

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  9. mitchteemley March 21, 2022 / 4:35 pm

    It’s sad enough even without knowing you identified with this little creature, Linda, but to know you did back then, well, I’m so glad God led you to a better place.

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  10. Beth Alisan March 21, 2022 / 6:07 pm

    My daughter is 14. Knowing how hard it is to express the feelings that bubble and boil inside a 14 year old girl makes this poem all the more impactful and impressive. I can completely see the “Paws-itivity” surrounding your husband in those sweet canine faces.

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote March 21, 2022 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you. Fourteen was a rough time in my life. My poetry was the only way I had to safely express my feelings. When my daughter was 14, she was very expressive and emotional. So different from me. She had a lot of pain in her life, too, so really it’s good that she could express her feelings. Up to a certain point, that is. Today, my daughter is a licensed psychotherapist. But when she was fourteen, I could never have imagined that!

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  11. Beverley March 21, 2022 / 7:09 pm

    That was a deep and touching poem. You have a compassionate heart.

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      • successbmine March 21, 2022 / 9:57 pm

        I haven’t been commenting as much on blogs lately as I have only been on the computer one or two days a week over the past months. I haven’t blogged anything myself for about a year and a half. But I’m trying to get back at least to my favorite blogs on a more consistent basis.

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        • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote March 21, 2022 / 10:00 pm

          Well, I’m honored to be included in your reading. I have slowed down a lot in my blog reading and writing, too. It’s been a crazy couple of years. I hope you are doing well. I’m saying a prayer for you right now. ((HUGS))

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          • successbmine March 23, 2022 / 9:27 pm

            Thank you so much for your prayers. I am doing fairly well, though my pack/hip problem continues to give me trouble. Praying for you, too. Hugs back (( ))!

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  12. The Naked Truth Diaries March 21, 2022 / 9:26 pm

    I love this thank you for sharing!


  13. Amy Blount March 21, 2022 / 10:19 pm

    I think it is good. The tempo, the wording, and rhyming is great! Nary, a good word. You had a writing talent all along! How’s your memoir coming along?

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote March 21, 2022 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you, Amy. That means a lot.

      I am still working on my memoir every single day. It’s a much bigger and harder job than I anticipated, when I first started working on it. Will I ever be finished? Will it ever be ready to publish? I hope so, but only the Lord knows, at this point.


  14. bornagain732 March 22, 2022 / 5:32 am


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  15. granonine March 22, 2022 / 7:40 am

    Such a sad little poem, but with a much happier ending in real life!

    I thought I wanted to write poetry years ago, but it almost always was just sappy. Not my strength 🙂

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  16. seekingdivineperspective March 22, 2022 / 4:34 pm

    What a heartbreaking poem, Linda! I’m glad you are not “lost” anymore, and with a man who is kind and compassionate, like you. ❤

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  17. @preacherbiker March 22, 2022 / 9:37 pm

    Great poem and a loving lady. We are on our 5th rescue dog, we have lost our first 2. But they are always in our hearts

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