Poem: Maybe Got it Wrong

My dog's got a great chance to get into Heaven (whatever Heaven might be), but as for myself, I'm not so sure.

Maybe Got it Wrong

We maybe got it wrong,
    putting ourselves up here on top,
    to claim everlasting souls,
    denying our dogs the same

They’ve got our number,
    philosophically unencumbered,
    self-assured, happy to be dog-like
    and knowing life, or so it seems

We question our immortality
    and they’re  so confident of theirs
We need the comfort of an afterlife
    and they’re far too cool for that

Our metaphysical self tells us
    we’ll elbow in somehow
Our complete dogs don’t even ask
    don’t need a rung to call their own

If the meek and charitable are winners
    over greed and avarice,
the men we measure against our dogs
    mostly come up short, including me

Cats don’t count, they know they are God
Poetry Collection: Broken Pieces
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