Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog Poem by Judith Viorst

Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog

Rating: 4.1


Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.

Mother doesn't want a dog.
She's making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.

Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 15 November 2015

My but a day goes better when begun with a poem by Judith Viorst

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Walterrean Salley 28 November 2016

(Mother Doesn'T Want A Dog by Judith Viorst.) **Love the twist: a snake! ! !

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Abderrahmane Dakir 28 February 2016

Nice poem about the moody dog. Thank you Judith Viorst for this poem.

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Cynthia Buhain-baello 01 February 2016

Excellent writing with a lot of humor and practical truth, however, dogs are faithful and a man's best friend. I love the closing line, it is fanstastic.

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Chris Embrick 28 October 2017

True, Your Mother may be stubborn Not want a dog for a house pet Besides all the canine special care Add to the list trips to the vet I thought at first, why not a cat But like the dog, the cat will shed And even though, trained to potty She'll find pus sleeping on her bed So alas, the pet dilemma But please be kind for dear Mom's sake Try a parrot or a gerbel I had no luck with my pet snake. Great, funny poem. Yours. Keep writing. A 10

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Mahtab Bangalee 03 February 2020

Mother doesn't want a dog. She's making a mistake. Because, more than a dog, I think She will not want this snake..//// wow so interesting and beautiful poem penned; lovely rhyming yeah

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Kingsley Egbukole 01 December 2019

Beautiful humorous poem with good rhyming.

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Dr Antony Theodore 01 December 2019

Mother doesn't want a dog. She's making a mistake. Because, more than a dog, I think She will not want this snake. intersting poem. tony

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Tom Allport 01 December 2019

A wonderful write I just hope mother knows that snakes bite too!

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Anil Kumar Panda 01 December 2019

A nice poem on dog and how your mother does like one in your house. Very nicely crafted and makes an interesting reading. Congrats on being selected as modern poem of the day.

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