A Verse Well Donne
by Pam Green , © 2003
Go and catch a vanished Scent,
Teach a Sheltie not to Bark ;
Teach a Labrador not to Swim,
footnotes (for the Lit teachers) :
The inspiration , of course, is John Donne's "go and catch a falling star"
The first verse begins with some ways in which dogs have abilities that humans lack, then the wonder of the the loving connection between dog and human. The next verse is about ways in which dogs are different from humans in ways that are difficult for humans to change or even to understand. The last verse begins with more dog traits that are difficult to change, then segues into the deep mourning that comes from the loss of a deep love and then the hope to rise beyong grief to love another dog despite knowing that another bereavement lies in the future
(Note : some female dogs also mark. Note : it's possible to teach a Basenji to obey but you have to let the dog think he's training you , that he is out-smarting you. Note : it is possible to teach a puppy to be less impulsive. Note : a shared gaze is only going to be accepted if it's "soft-eyed" and there is trust between the dog and person ; hard stare is considered by a dog to be rude, challenging, and aggressive.)
The overall theme is the human love for dogs (so well reciprocated !) because of and despite the differences between our two species.
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