Canis Sapiens

by flammeusgladius

Canis Sapiens



(for Cynthia Sprowell)



Humans, of course – and clever ones the most—

Are caught up in the words that complicate

Everything they attempt.  A verbal ghost

Appears to them – and they can hardly wait

To flee or to embrace, to love or hate

What isn’t, if you see straight, even there.

What is there, if they see it, they see late—

And even then do not pretend to care.

When keen and canine senses are aware

Of fundamental actuality,

Humans discuss and dialog and spare

No eloquence – and just refuse to see

Or hear or smell existence clearly.  Maybe

That’s why they doubt a wise dog knows a baby.





–Tom Riley