future of dogs 332h - January 15, 2014s

author’s note:

When one dog barks, one hundred dogs.
            — old Chinese proverb


What if we humans
(overwhelmed by our life)
began to regress:

what if we lowered to crawl
then slide even further—
down to a slither

until finally
for the sake of simplicity
we shrank to the basic life
of the one-cell organism?

To fill the void we’d leave behind
maybe dogs would drive our cars:
just like humans
they’d work, play, marry, spend—
experiment, build, scheme…

and perhaps in the exhaustion
of all the stress and rush
they’d eventually stop
and begin wonder if
there might be something more
beyond that mash of noise.

Maybe they’d then invent
a story of mystery
to add another dimension
to their lives
and thus fulfill
an obscure desire

or maybe in those moments of silence
they’d actually begin to sense
a reality unseen:

maybe some
would flex their nostrils
and try to sniff out
that other world

and maybe they’d eventually find a trail
that could lead us there

but if nothing else
they’d experience the ache
of searching
and thus discover
new depths to the heart:

in either case
they’d be driven to express
something beyond the limits
of their usual yapping
and so begin to howl
from deep, deep down

and as those dogs howled
other dogs would naturally stop to listen:

those busy dogs
would brake their cars
and open their ears
to hear the feeling within the sound—
they’d feel the feeling
and in feeling, also begin to howl

and by howling, discover
their better deeper nature—
discover their higher truth:

they’d find the ring
that links them all together.

In this way
canines could continue to evolve—
they’d go beyond raw survival
they’d go beyond dog-eat-dog:

they’d reject the temptation
to lazily regress
to the dark numb world
of the one-cell organism…


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