Poetry Friday: Choosing a Dog by William Stafford

One year ago this weekend, my husband and I fell in love Buster:                                                                                                      
     Buster, 2 months


Buster, 13 months (Look at the heart on his ear)

Today while thinking about this post, I remembered this poem from William Stafford.  He was born in January.

Choosing A Dog

“It’s love,” they say. You touch
the right one and a whole half of the universe
wakes up, a new half.

Some people never find
that half, or they neglect it or trade it
for money or success and it dies.

The faces of big dogs tell, over the years,
that size is a burden: you enjoy it for awhile
but then maintenance gets to you

Read the rest HERE.

So lucky to have both Buster and the poetry of William Stafford in my life.


Where can you find out about poetry style, start planning for National Poetry Month, and discussing poetry? Poetry Ambassadors is an on-line forum to talk about all thing poetry for children and YA.  Details can be found HERE. If you want to join: send an email:  poetryambassadors-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Poetry Friday is over at A Teaching Life.

Happy Reading.



6 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Choosing a Dog by William Stafford

  1. Aw-w, the dog and Stafford, couldn’t be better! I love that final line “And sometimes when they look in the fire…” Thank you, & for the photo of course.

  2. Jone,

    My daughter fell in love with her yellow Lab Jack. She and her husband had planned to get a Golden Retriever–but when Sara saw Jack, she knew he was the dog for her. He’s quite a rascal and a lot like Marley of “Marley and Me” fame. Still, he is lovable.

    Have you read Joyce Sidman’s book “The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices?”

  3. I’m bringing this poem to my mother today, Jone! She has a new wonderful dog, Max, who brings her such joy. Stafford’s poem will too. Are you the person putting together the Yahoo group? I’m curious! Thank you for the poem and all of the CYBILS fun too – you’re a great leader. a.

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