Argos and Odysseus
The Thoughts of a Dog
What actually does go on inside the mind
Of the home dog? To easily say
They think of very little else all day
However consuming what they’re given, what they find
To feed on can be callous and unkind.
Unique among all species is the best way
They keep by selection with us: a dog’s life they
Would say is so a lot better with mankind.
It isn’t merely cupboard love that leads
Their sort to ours. They’d starvation if we halved
Their rations, linger with us if they starved.
Devotion trumps their nature and their needs,
As trustworthy Argos ready twenty years,
Rewarded only with Odysseus’ tears.
The Labrador Retriever
The Labrador retriever is a canine
Who’s ill-disposed to cogitation or
Omphalic contemplation even, for
He finds such lucubration quite a slog.
However moderately than interact in monologue
Or speak with you (for barking’s such a bore)
He’d a lot choose to meditate (and snore)
And ruminate (and slumber like a log).
Though if he had half an opportunity he’d eat
Eight occasions his weight in best cuts of meat
Earlier than he’d answer Hypnos’ weary name,
Or but would yield to Morpheus and fall
In goals for visionary food that’s off
When he might wake and nicely and really scoff.
Peter Hartley is a retired painting restorer. He was born in Liverpool and lives in Manchester, UK.