Dylan Thomas

The Song of the Mischievous Dog

There are many who say that a dog has its day,
       And a cat has a number of lives;
There are others who think that a lobster is pink,
       And that bees never work in their hives.
There are fewer, of course, who insist that a horse
       Has a horn and two humps on its head,
And a fellow who jests that a mare can build nests
       Is as rare as a donkey that’s red.
Yet in spite of all this, I have moments of bliss,
       For I cherish a passion for bones,
And though doubtful of biscuit, I’m willing to risk it,
       And love to chase rabbits and stones.
But my greatest delight is to take a good bite
       At a calf that is plump and delicious;
And if I indulge in a bite at a bulge,
       Let’s hope you won’t think me too vicious.

Dylan Thomas wrote this when he was 11. This was his first published poem.