Day 18 – Marvin and Marlene

This is one of the first poems I remember writing. It swam around in my head for years after I’d written it, before eventually finding a place in my first collection.

Pets make notoriously good material for poetry – whether you love your pet, wish you had one or know a pet who belongs to someone else – I think pets and poetry go hand in hand.

If you don’t have a pet of your own have fun writing a poem about a made up pet. It doesn’t have to be real – what if you had a dragon for a pet? Or a dinosaur who only eats ice-cream?

If you write a poem about your pet, I’d love to read it and share it if you’d like! Email

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