Since nature is my greatest source of inspiration, I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors. Whether it be out at the lake, or at home in my backyard, I love immersing myself in the sights and sounds of the natural world. This is why I love the summertime. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and as long as there’s fuel for the grill, I can spend an entire day outside! Naturally, my dog is in full support of this outdoor lifestyle – especially when food is involved. Whenever I fire up the grill, she hovers nearby, hoping that I or one of my guests will offer her a scrap. (Lucky for her, she usually gets one!) So to celebrate summertime and the joys of outdoor living, this month’s poem is all about cookouts – from the perspective of a dog!

By Katie Gilstrap

The sun is ablaze
and I’m catching some rays

on the deck with my two-legged chums.

They happily snack
on some chips from a sack

and I sure hope they leave me some crumbs!

Way up on the table,
I think I am able

to see some potatoes and Brie.

If I’m not mistaken,
I think I smell bacon!

I sure hope they toss some to me!

To add to the thrill,
they’ve put STEAKS on the grill

and I sure hope they don’t go to waste…

If I circle ’round
all this food that I’ve found,

then perhaps they will give me a taste!