IN A WORLD OF NO
…all that I cared for was the race of dogs,
that and nothing else… To whom but [dogs]
can one appeal in the wide and empty world?
In a world of No,
dogs are a Yes.
Sixty-eight million dogs in America
and they understand
there is a fundamental human reaction
and it’s No, No.
Grrr! Dogs hate hearing shit like that.
People, it’s all No and No
They look at a dog sometimes
and the dog is on its back, say,
on someone’s lawn,
legs in the air,
rolling and bouncing…
‘This is the hand I was dealt. I’m a dog,’
says the dog. ‘It’s not a problem.’
Look at me, Goddammit!
‘I don’t have time for this,’ you’re thinking.
‘Something better is going to come later.’
No, no it won’t. Ram Dass says, ‘This is all there is.’
This is all you get.
‘All knowledge, the totality
of all questions and answers,
is contained in the dog.’
Do you know who said that?
Kafka. That’s right, Kafka.
Bow-wow, bow, wow.
(excerpted from New & Selected Poems, Red Hen Press, (c) Robert Sward, 2013)
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