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          Rare opportunity.....

There is something about summer,
bringing excitement and thrills.
Ice pops, ice cream, cool fruit drinks,
a day at the beach and nightime chills.

Playing outside, laying in cool green grass,
stalking birds feeding high up in the trees.
Sure wish that we could climb or fly,
running out of breath following bees.

Barking at strangers on foot and on bikes,
causing a raucous with lots of devastation.
Then there are cars that sparkle and shine,
we like the red ones for added attention.

Chasing and capturing sprinkler water,
as it spits and spurts all over the ground.
Sometimes missing and becoming soaked,
getting very dizzy spinning around.

A rare opportunity to be who we are,
no frills, no dresses, no lace, or bow.
Forget the rules, no shaking hands,
skip the brushing, just enjoying the flow.

It has been awfully hot and this feels good,
cool and refreshing, soaked down to our hide.
Now we are ready to take a short trip,
not to the park, but to the beach we ride.

Bring the doggie bag filled with cold water,
doggles, hats, blanket, towels, and treat.
Remember to bring our doggie life jackets,
never know who or what we will meet.

Afternoon chasing balls, digging in wet sand,
meeting new friends, skirting the shore.
Sneezing when sand crystals enter the nose,
but a never-ending quest searching for more.

Being pushed around by incoming waves,
gasping for air being rolled on land.
Shaking head to tail to remove salt water,
being gently picked up by a loving hand.

Curious tiny creatures scamper about,
fiddler crabs, horseshoe crabs, things that swim.
A rainbow of shells we collect like flowers,
but it looks like this day is beginning to grow dim.

This day was filled with happiness and sunshine,
a late night bubble bath filled with toys.
A drink and biscuits, hugs and kisses,
clean puppy jammies for girls, not boys.



Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
8/15/2011 © All rights reserved 



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Reviewed by m j hollingshead
holds reader interest, well done
Reviewed by Michael Jones
My quest Karen is to have more of those rare opportunities you expressed so eloquently in this poem. Inspiring and so uplifting. Thank God for you Karen for the beauty and humility you bring to the Den. I thank GOD and all the people who prayed for me worldwide, for my triumphant victory over cancer, and you to sister Karen! Peace!!!
Reviewed by John Domino
A nice find, your poem. Come back and write soon...

Peace, love and Easter Blessings,

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
"Rare opportunity....." is to start the day with a poem of this magnitude of wisdom, wonders wows!

“One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves. ” — W. Auden (Wystan Hugh Auden)

"Rare opportunity....." is poem that can be recited to kindergartens, and should be read by students of all levels up to college; and published on the front page of every newspaper, in every English speaking country.

I salute You, Poet Karen Palumbo.

In respect and apprciation,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
I am not crazy about summer but your poem sure makes me want to review that conviction of mine :))


Vesna :)
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
A poem filled with excitement fun and beautiful images...I loved this!
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald
Nicely done
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
Wonderful 'last hurrah' for summer, 2011 !!

I tend to prefer fall -- October, specifically -- but there is nothing
like summer for evoking carefree memories like the ones you have
described so beautifully.

Thank you for a great trip down memory lane, Karen!! Didn't even have to pack much. Swimsuit, flipflops, sunscreen, cut-offs and shoes fit to hike in, 'bout it.:)

I'll be waitin' by the road for you to pick me up, come June!

x:)x Phyllis x:)x
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
A wonderful sense of how much they mean to you. As you know, I can relate, with 6 of my own. Fun to read, Karen. hugs,
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader)
What a wonderful expression of joy, Karen! Bless you for sharing this lovely piece of work. I enjoyed the enthusiasm and energy throughout.

Reviewed by Chip Bergeron
You have some ery lucky doggies, Karen.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana
Dear Karen, How well you describe and color the summer. Nice poem Emile
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
A wonderful poem from the doggy point of view. You have captured the excitement, activity, and simplicity of a dog's life. I do sense a bit of complexity on the part of the dog owner having to get doggy water, treats, restraints, life vests, etc. ;-)

Reviewed by Connie Faust
How sweet it was to read this "dog's-eye" version of a busy and happy day! I'm sure the pair would totally approve of your description of "A Rare Occasion" in their lives, but I feel just as sure that it isn't so rare for them, when they have such a loving family. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their day, and I have to add that you did a great job with keeping the rhythm throughout.

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather
Those girls sound well loved and ACTIVE, I hope they do get some well deserved rest in comfy pj's and you too. What joy they really bring.....great write. Morgan
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
It's a dog's life no matter how you slice it when you have trouble on the hoof 24/7. Wouldn't have it any other way. Patrick
Reviewed by Kimberly LaRocca
What a lovely poem. Thank you so much for sharing.
Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by jude forese
no doubt, two fun characters ...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
The joy and contentment in this is palpable, Karen... or puppable, perhaps?! :)) I'm sure there is something within us as humans that engages directly with the unspoken and telepathic communication we have with our pets, and which makes the enjoyment of our relations with them even deeper than those possible with other people. And a day such as you have just described says it all! This is unsullied bliss! xx
Reviewed by richard cederberg
Those are two good doggies Karen - enjoyed this. Blessings ... richard
Reviewed by Janna Hill
It is good to be a dog :)
Reviewed by Jon Willey
Karen, the joy and affection you hold for them is marvelous to read. Lucky pups all. If only more folks would share your compassion. I wish you a doggy treat to share with all the four legged friends you meet. I bid you love you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Awww so cute, they really are two lovable little ones. Glad I got to meet them Karen. Tell Robert I said hi.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE
Lovely writing, Karen.
Reviewed by Laura Fall
Wonderfully written poetry and a sweet picture indeed a great write Laura
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
So much fun, Karen!
Great style, affectionate humor!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
....and topped off witha PJ Party....LOVE it!!!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
This day was filled with happiness and sunshine,
a late night bubble bath filled with toys.
A drink and biscuits, hugs and kisses

All dogs the world over deserve such as this!
Reviewed by Glen Manese
The voice within our almost human friends, you penned a well constructed day in a doggy dog world... I've not read one of yours in quite sometime... Thanks for sharing...
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
So Very, Very delightful is Your poem!
"Rare" is your gift, the "opportunity" is
ours to read!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley
This is pure PalumboK. With your own personal touch.
Rare indeed as such!!
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