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According to your pet: share a poem

Share a poem in the voice of your pet
Jess Eng
Share a poem in the voice of your pet

One thing that's nice about having pets, they give you unconditional love. But how might they think about you if they could speak for themselves? Poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander is asking you to answer that question in the form of a poem.

For inspiration, he offers Billy Collins poem, 'A Dog on his Master':

As young as I look, I am growing older faster than he, seven to one is the ratio they tend to say.

Whatever the number, I will pass him one day and take the lead the way I do on our walks in the woods.

And if this ever manages to cross his mind, it would be the sweetest shadow I have ever cast on snow or grass.

So give your dog, cat, goldfish a voice. How do they feel about you? Share your poem through the form below. Then Alexander will take lines from some of your pieces and create a community crowdsourced poem that will be read on-air and published online, where contributors will be credited.

This callout will close on Dec. 9, at 1 pm ET.

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Reena Advani
Reena Advani is an editor for NPR's Morning Edition and NPR's news podcast Up First.
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