My Dog

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by Charles Waters

The Poetry Friday Anthology

My dog controls
The weather.

When Fido barks
It hails,

When Fido’s quiet
It snows,

When Fido’s angry
It sleets,

When Fido’s happy …
R a i n b o w s.

Copyright © 2012 Charles WatersFrom the book The Poetry Friday Anthologms for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core. Pomelo Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About this Poem

I have friends who are animal lovers so it was seeing their joy around these unique creatures that gave me the idea for this poem written years ago.  It’s not based on a particular animal per say but in any event I think Fido is pretty cool, I hope you do too!

Suggestions for further activities

Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell have suggestions for Common-Core curriculum activities related to this poem in the The Poetry Friday Anthology.

About The Author

Children's Poet and Actor Charles WatersCharles Waters’ poems appear in the following anthologies: Amazing Places (2014) edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis (former Children’s Poet Laureate of the United States), The Poetry Friday Anthology and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School both edited Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, The Arrow Finds It’s Mark: A Book of Found Poems edited by Georgia Heard and And the Crowd Goes: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer.  He performs his one man show POETRY TIME to elementary and middle school audiences and you can check out his youtube channel at

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3 responses to “My Dog”

  1. Thank you so much Kenn for highlighting not only myself but the textbook in which this children’s poem appears.

  2. janet wong says:

    Charles Waters has a talent for picking universal topics that really draw readers (especially boys) in–poems about fishing with Dad and Grandpa, shaving for the first time, playing soccer with cousins, getting a crummy sack lunch. And he is an INCREDIBLE performer–really gets his audience excited about poetry! So proud to work with you, Charles!

  3. I always love Charles’ joyous, kid-friendly poems!

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