Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MY LITTLE YORKSHIRE TERRIER, by HENRY CHAPPELL

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First Line: Dear little bundle of fluff and fun
Last Line: A calm and lovely flame.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Friendship

DEAR little bundle of fluff and fun,
Of silver and shaded tan,
Now looking so solemn and quiet and wise,
Peering out thro' the fringe that lies
In tangled curls o'er the owlish eyes,
That ponder the ways of man.

A tiny terror of growls and bark,
Teeth in a German set,
That once was a slipper warm and fine,
Tho' guiltless now of shape or shine;
Your foe, dear Vi, was a friend of mine
Ere you and I had met.

Playing and sleeping or chasing the cats
Make up your little day;
Yet you in your doggie heart are blest
With a virtue rarely by Man possessed,
Tho' always claimed and loud professed
By friends of finer clay.

There is Faith in your eyes, my little friend,
Faith—not an empty name;
A lesson for me and the world to learn,
Faith that will neither fail or turn
With the veering crowd, but stedfast burn
A calm and lovely flame.

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