Dogs 2010

THE TEST OF THREE
(7/31/10)


the test
of truth
we can only
answer
for ourselves

there is no
truth absolute
within our
meager grasp

we know
for certain
what we alone
have done
or said

all else
the self
a fog


the test
of goodness
is far
more relative
than elusive

we know
what seems
to be good
in a given
instant

however
an immediate
good
may be
a long term
or widespread
bad

our race
devoid
of oracles


the test
of usefulness
is also weighted
by time
and place

what may
seem useless
at one moment
in one location
may save
our lives
the next

everything
is useful
or useless
depending upon
the circumstances

close
your hand
on now


Socrates
was called
the master
but he seemed
mostly full
of banal
babble

there
is only
one
true test

breathe in

breathe out

test passed