Poems of the Week

The News in Oohs

by Iris Herriot

“Three-legged dog with cancer saves baby otter in Minnesota river drama”
The Guardian

If you don’t love a three-legged dog with cancer,
You don’t deserve the title of a man, sir,
And if your heart is cold to baby otters,
You rank among this generation’s rotters.
(About the rivers, though, of Minnesota,
No gentleman need bother one iota.)