25th March 2022 THE TALE OF A TAIL

Successful submission of poem for April Poetry Walk, celebrating National Poetry Month in Canada

PERDIDA line drawing by cemwinstanley

I have heard this week that a brand new poem I wrote in February, inspired by the life story of my rescue-housedog, Perdida, has been chosen as one of eighteen to be featured in a local Poetry Walk from 18th – 30th April, in celebration of Canadian National Poetry Month. I am like a dog with the proverbial two tails!

In the end pages of my anthology, BITS OF STRING & THREAD, compiled as the world faced pandemic lockdowns, I described my mongrel lurcher as my ‘constant, Covid companion’ because of the way in which she had helped both my mental and physical health,

“since you arrived, a mangy stray


from the dangers of a wilderness night”

lines from “The Tale of a Tail” by cemwinstanley
Perdida’s armchair