Larry Brody’s Poetry: ‘Basic Training (Courtesy Of The Navajo Dog)’


A public service message from The Navajo Dog. Listen up, kids, cuz unlike us humans she always knows what she’s talking about, even if we can’t figure it out.

Basic Training (Courtesy Of The Navajo Dog)
by Larry Brody

The Navajo dog is a schemer,

A sage who teaches with tricks, threats, and lies.

She makes things real as they are needed,

Pushing and prodding to set souls into the places

She deems proper so her lessons will spring to life.

No cost is too high for the Navajo dog to pay,

Nor too much for her to ask of such as we.

She demands all, and in return gives everything she has.

When I asked her one day (oh so long, it seems,

So long, long ago!) why she did things this way,

Why she didn’t lead Socratically with the truth,

The Navajo dog barked a short laugh,

And pawed at the dry earth. As she dug deeper,

The dirt grew more moist,

Darkening into a wholeness that no longer could be

Chipped or fragmented away.

“This is truth, ignorant boy,” she said.

“This is the true Mother Earth. The deeper we

Get the more is she alive. All of her is one,

A wholeness that dries into scattered bits

When brought up to the sun. Your mother

Does not throw herself at you, and expose

Her innards. She hides, and makes you find her,

Plants clues—lies!—to tempt you and tease you

And lead you ever on. You must dig and dig and dig

Past the desert’s dead surface,

To find the truth of this world,

Just as you must dig and dig and dig

Past the desert dog’s lies.”

“And what you tell me now,” I asked,

“Is this the truth? Or is there something deeper

For which I must search?”

The Navajo dog stuck her muzzle into the

Hole she had made, clamped her teeth

On a shard of bone. “If I scratched my way

Down to the center of the earth,” she said,

“Would there still be someplace deeper to go?”

I heard the bone crack between her jaws,

Watched her swallow the fragments.

“Always,” I said. “Always something deeper.”

The Navajo dog yipped and pranced off.

“What do you say we go hunting?” she called back to me,

“And find ourselves something a little more alive?”



If you enjoyed this poem, you probably would like my book of poetry, Kid Hollywood and the Navajo Dog, available at Amazon.Com for an unlimited time for exactly $0.00. Yes, you read that correctly. Free. More than a Christmas present, this is my life present to you all.

Go straight to Amazon and avail yourself of all the delicious goodness simply by clicking HERE. (And if you like it, it would be great if you wrote a review. No pressure, but eventually someone’s got to, right?)

Many thanks.

Larry Brody is the head dood at TVWriter™. He is posting at least one poem a week here at TVWriter™ because, as the Navajo Dog herself once pointed out, “Art has to be free. If you create it for money, you lose your vision, and yourself.” She said it shorter, though, with just a snort.

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – December 18, 2017

Good morning! Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Herbie J Pilato: Thank you, “The Flash!” It looks like the dark and dingy days of TV may be over!

Herbie J Pilato: My Top Ten Christmas TV-Movies of All Time

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Herbie J Pilato: RUDOLPH Does It Again!

And our most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest


The Outline/Story

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

The Story of Figurative “Literally”

Another little gem from Arika Okrent, our favorite grammar cop/English language scholar. Today she analyzes another of our pet peeves, using the word “literally” to mean “figuratively.” And, as usual, she does it with charm.


More about Akira, YouTube’s Patron Saint of Wordsmiths

Web Series: ‘Stinking Thinking’

This series is proof positive that if you have an English accent you can get away with anything.

Providing you’re talented and weird as hell as well.

For example:

And then there’s this:

Well, you probably get the idea. This series by Oil Hudson and Jack Noddings really has its shit together, yeah? Give it a try HERE

Web Series: ‘Sam and Pat are Depressed’

Frequent (but not frequent enough) TVWriter™ guest columnist Bri Castellini has a new web series on Seeka.TV, and, spoilsports that we are (to Seeka.TV and its ilk anyway), we’re here to give you a glimpse into its darkness, despair…and humor.


Episode 1 is also out and about…but you’ll have to go here, to Seeka.TV, to see it. Which reminds us:

WARNING! Seeka will make you join in order to watch. It’s free, and the show’s worth more than that, but still, it kinda bugs us, you know?

The Facebook page for Undead Burrito Productions, Ms. Castellini’s production company, is HERE in case you want to post your praise, or your disapproval, or whatever as long as it isn’t bullying. That’s saved for President Donny (although not by Bri, who ain’t the type to tolerate no nonsense from anybody, you here?)

Steven Spielberg Gives Us Some Advice

And now a few words from Steven Spielberg on filmmaking, success, directing, success, writing, success, living an authentic life, and, hmm, what’ve we left out? Oh, right – success.


Indie Video: Creating Powerful Themes & Great Characters

The last time we featured a Microbudget Film Lab video was back in October, and as good as that one was, we think this will be even more helpful. The info here isn’t just about indie film-making, it’s what everyone who writes just about anything (except maybe Ikea furniture assembly directions) needs to know.


The Microbudget Film Lab Channel is HERE