Slime Dog You Are My Friend by Daniel Alexander
‘Slime Dog You Are My Friend’ is the Clifford of the Nickelodeon generation. One look at that slimy dog face and the heart melts kind of how Slime Dog’s head appears to be perpetually covered in slime. Friendly yet slimy the dog welcomes readers to the happy cheery little collection. With each poem Daniel Alexander celebrates the wonder of the world. Either from above in space or down with the creatures in the sea he respects Mother Nature, even goes so far as to contemplate exactly what Mother Nature feels with human developments. Improving the land from a human point of view doesn’t always translate well into an environmentally friendly way.
Daniel Alexander becomes a loveable anaconda. Ever since snakes got accused of the whole ‘original sin’ thing they’ve been getting insulted. By showing that a snake’s ability to wrap is just an extreme hug Daniel paints the snake in a new light. No longer is the snake just a belly crawling freak but an important part of the ecosystem. Besides snakes enjoy hanging around the garden eating pesky vermin. If anything snakes should be celebrated for their ability to chill out (via their cold bloodedness).
Law enforcement gets a bit of attention too, speaking of cold bloodedness. Here Daniel correctly points out that in space, no one can arrest you. There are no rules in space. In space nobody can hear an officer’s siren. Nope space is the place. Daniel takes advantage of it by stealing Sharpie markers. Honestly Daniel Alexander is the rapscallion of Alt Lit. Drawing smiley faces inside the cockpit will help once aliens board. Extraterrestrial life is big into Smiley Faces, as shown by their inclusion in the classic series ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. To be really hospitable Daniel should store a couple of towels around, just in case.
A dream involves Will Smith. Those are the best dreams. Honestly Will Smith needs to be in more dreams. He defeated the evil aliens and saved America in that hit movie ‘Independence Day’. Despite Will Smith’s talent, Will is unable to save his hat. Some angry bird takes Will Smith’s hat. Happily after stealing the hat the bird is no longer angry. Hats are the socks of the head keeping them protected. With a hat a person can keep cozy warm.
Portrayals of aliens can be positive. Aliens have done many great things for the world. Remember Alf? That alien was the epitome of suburban alien. Hanging out on the Cul-De-Sacs of America, Alf worked hard but played harder. Daniel reveals super-secret information about the aliens. Yes it is the stuff that blows the minds of mice and men, mostly men though since mice aren’t too interested in aliens.
By the very end Daniel Alexander smiles at the reader. The reader should smile back. That’s the positive thing to do. Daniel Alexander deserves people’s smiles. Daniel Alexander is a good man.