childless couple
a birthday cake
for the dog

—Melissa Spurr

About the author: Melissa Spurr lives in Joshua Tree, California with her husband, two over-indulged dogs and a cross-eyed cat.


Responses to the haiku for 28 May 2008 by Melissa Spurr

    2008-05-28 05:37:16

    birthday party
    squealing children paint
    the dog

    Helen Buckingham
    2008-05-28 14:46:58

    Simple in the very best sense. Says it all.

    2008-05-28 14:51:23

    I am adopted.
    Says it all to me.
    Kept our cat tho'

    Not in Haiku, it did suddenly make me tear up, thinking of how badly my parents wanted a child.

    Ellen Grace Olinger
    2008-05-29 03:49:19

    Sitting in church
    at the nursing home
    remembering you
    with a full heart
    Mother's Day

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-05-29 17:42:46

    so true, ellen...


    parentless child
    at the family picnic
    i, too, am alone

    Melissa Spurr
    2008-05-30 02:06:39

    Helen--Thank you for your comments--very much appreciated.
    Penelope, Blue_Cat, Ellen, and Bob--Thank you all for your responses.
    I'm sorry that this evoked sadness for some of you. It was meant to be amusing. My husband and I--and other couples I know--lavish our dogs with the attention that would otherwise be bestowed upon children. I confess that I've attended dog birthday parties.

    Ellen Grace Olinger
    2008-05-30 05:28:34

    tree that turned gold
    during her last illness
    is green again--
    torch has been passed

    2008-06-08 16:11:54

    wonderful, Melissa :)

    Ellen Grace Olinger
    2008-06-10 10:55:30

    Hi Melissa,

    We live in a small town and many of the dogs know me now, including four labradors of various ages. Just saw one of my good buddies on my walk this morning. My sister's dog was such a good friend to our mother too and is most certainly one of my dear nephews!