Toby the Snowboarding Doberman

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From the book The Tighty-Whitey Spider

Toby the snowboarding Doberman Pinscher
is king of the freestyling dogs.
Toby can turn and McTwist in the halfpipe,
and ollie off boxes and logs.

No other Doberman’s ever been known
who can slalom and slide on a rail.
Never before has a dog been discovered
to cartwheel and back-flip and flail.

Toby can even leap into the air
and then spin through a 360 flip.
Sadly his talents are never enough
that they’ll win him a championship.

True, he’s the world’s only snowboarding Doberman,
still, I expect you’ll agree,
no one has ever been given a prize
when they’re stopping to sniff every tree.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

Copyright © 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Reading Level: Grade 5

Topics: Animal Poems, Sports

Poetic Techniques: Anthropomorphism & Personification, Assonance, Descriptive Poems, Irony


From the Book The Tighty-Whitey Spider

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