Poemdog

Dogs 2020

v
(1/6/2020)


when
Faris sees
a trapped
animal

even
an imprisoned
insect

he feels
genuine
pain

an empathy
that transcends
all genetic
bounds

he helps
when
he can

mourns
when he
cannot

he remember
sympathetic thoughts
toward humans
at times

but he
could never
get close enough
to them
to help them
directly

he would
donate
from a distance
when possible

people
thought him
cold

but he
would never
reveal
his contributions

keeping
his left hand
hidden
from his right

both
from public
scrutiny

now
that he was
isolated
in the extreme

he could
finally practice
true charity