Slice of Life 2021 Day 5: Throw a Girl a Bone

Today marks Day 5 of the Slice of Life challenge. Join me as I work to write every day in March – and hopefully beyond!

Dog bone gifted to me by a colleague who made my DAY

When the monkeys on the back
The feathers in the cap
Or when the proverbial
Feels out of what
And we feel
Someone tosses us
A wide-ribboned line
To remind us that
We are still tethered
One another

I’m not the only one whose day was made!

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16 Responses to “Slice of Life 2021 Day 5: Throw a Girl a Bone”

  1. TammyB Says:


  2. Tim Gels Says:

    Yes! Thank you!

  3. arjeha Says:

    And somehow we are all tossed those bones when we seem to need them the most. Love the picture. Doggy Heaven.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      YES! And it always seems to be those moments where we haven’t gotten them, or we convince ourselves we don’t need them, that they come in the most handy.

  4. Amy Ellerman Says:

    Your play on words with tossing a line/ribbon plus the internal rhyme with line/remind here works so well:

    “Someone tosses us
    A wide-ribboned line
    To remind us that
    We are still tethered
    One another”

    Beautiful imagery for a powerful ending!

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Whoa! I hadn’t even realized I slipped that rhyme in there. I guess that’s what happens sometimes when we decide we’re throwing words in because we love the way they play together. A happy accident, for sure.

  5. Fran Haley Says:

    Your wordplay and line of thinking are ceaseless wonders, Lainie. I, too, am drawn by our being “tethered” to one another – and all the fun but sad figurative truths in the opening of your poem. Whack-a-mole! For. Real. I’ve been meaning to ask you how your GORGEOUS canine friend is doing – and what a loving gesture, that tossing.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      That gorgeous canine is an absolute LOVE. Like my children when they were small, she is most lovable when tired or asleep, but still brings joy in *most* other moments. And yes, tethered. Bound. Interlocked. ALL the metaphors.

  6. Anna Maria Says:

    I hope the monkeys on your back lighten their weight on you soon by disappearing altogether. That is one happy pup!

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Unfortunately, the monkeys on my back decided to breed and then start a jumping contest today. I’ll try and shake ’em off the best I can!

  7. caroline524 Says:

    I love your play with words. It made me smile, which I really needed. Thank you.

  8. livinglife816287820 Says:

    Perfectly constructed with such depth of meaning and that photo at the end!

  9. mschiubookawrites Says:

    You are an amazing poet. My favorite are your first two lines. A nice way to end a frantic day.

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