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A poet is a poet till not proven otherwise.

And to prove that might be a long and futile battle.

When the urge to rhyme is strong, then no one can brand you wrong.

At times, poetry is literally meant for the dogs.

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Shanta was a poet. At least he thought he was. He could make words rhyme and place them in separate lines. That was his definition of poetry. His third-grade teacher had praised his poem – ‘I Love My Mummy’ to the skies. Though there was nothing praiseworthy to it, the teacher’s four-year affair with Shanta’s […]

The Doggone Poet by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores // Editores: Manuela Timofte / j re crivello

20 Comments on “The Doggone Poet by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores – Flash Fiction

  1. Well, I guess ‘poet’ is not an easy career choice! Never was, never will be. I wish Shanta good luck. At least he’s got an audience.

  2. Shanta does have a dogged spirit in his own pursuit. What a fun tale this is. The poetic dog and parrot are my favorite. You really inspired me. I think I am ready to write a story about scholar who’s not appreciated by others…

    • I think you should do that, Haoyan! Appreciation is what we all strive for. I’d settle for some barks and squawks any day. As long as they mean well. haha! Thanks for your lively words and spirit 🙂

  3. There”s always at least one malcontent in the group, that damned green parrot.

    I’ve always appreciated the skill of poets, though I’ve never had a head for poetry itself (perhaps I’m too literal a thinker, I don’t know) but the one good thing Shanta has going for him is that he now knows his audience and canines tend to be a doggedly loyal fan base.

    Nicely done.

    • Haha! Thanks so much, Rhyan. I guess Polly wanted more than a cracker and some repetitive, boring words. One can never please a green feathered uptight bird. Poetry can be quite a ticklish affair for the brain.
      “canines tend to be a doggedly loyal fan base” – very well said.
      Every dog has its day – I really hope so and wish. 🙂

  4. Everyone’s talent can entertain somone, Shanta seemed to have found his audience in dogs and parrots. Btw was the name Shanta intentional to make it sound like santa 🎅, the santa of the animals, Shanta 😃 😊

    • That’s brilliant, Deepak. Shanta – Santa- The Santa of animals. I wish I could take credit for it but I can’t. Yes, there’s always someone or something that can be entertained. Thanks so much! 🙂

  5. Happy Holidays and best wishes for a peaceful New Year to you and yours, Terveen!
    Here’s hoping to more of your creative flash fiction! Always something entertaining, always something to think about…

  6. Happy holidays to you and your family. And A Great New Year. Wish you all the best with more wonderful writings for fans like me.

    • Thank you so much, Haoyan! I wish you the best for the holiday season too. May the new year bring much peace, joy, and prosperity to you. Your support and encouragement give me much strength. 🙂

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