Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Future of Cats & Dogs



author’s note:

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
              --  Martin Luther King, Jr.


THE FUTURE OF CATS & DOGS

Half
of our humble poem
was written, originally,
in the language of the cat
and half,
in the language of the dog.

So we assigned the translation
to a scholarly feline and canine.

But we asked the cat
to work at night
and the dog
during daylight--

we doubted
the two of them
could coexist
for the duration
of the assignment.

Even they feared
--sooner or later--
their better natures
would be subverted
by animal instinct.

And then civilization
would suffer
yet another
tragedy
in our battle for peace.

However, the dog and cat
did agree to be
photographed together
to celebrate completion
of the project.

And to their credit...
you could see restrained sadness
in their smiling eyes--
a bemused disquiet,
an awareness of shared grief
from all those centuries--centuries--
of dog and cat fights.

I can not help but feel hope
when I see such tortured hearts
struggle with all their history.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

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