Greyt Words: “How Do I Love Greys?”

Hello, friends! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Back in 2014, I was a guest writer for the Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption Dog Blog. Each week, I would contribute a greyhound-related poem and corresponding illustration to the blog in an effort to support Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption, an organization dedicated to finding kind and loving forever homes for retired racing greyhounds.

Since this is an organization (and cause!) that I’m incredibly fond of, I thought it would be fun to share some of my poetry with you in a special segment called Greyt Words!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this month’s Greyt Words are inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s classic love poem “How Do I Love Thee?”

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How Do I Love Greys?

By Katie Gilstrap

How do I love Greys? Let me count the ways.
I love their depth and breadth and height.
I love their lanky legs.
I love the way they fill the air
with barks and grunts and yips.
I love the way they wag their tails
when Milkbones meet their lips.
I love the way they make me laugh.
I love their ideal grace.
I love the way they love to run.
I love the way they race.
I love the way that purity
illuminates their eyes.
I love the way their loyalty
exists in grand reprise.
I love them to the fullest
of my heart’s capacity.
And I will always love them
for as long as I shall be.