PACK BEHAVIOR

stray dogs creative commons

Pass the baby around

Take turns rocking and lullabying

Give a break to the new mother

Just a small but subtle kindness

Women do for each other.

 

Open the hood of a car

Men wander out of their homes

Shuffling to the tune of the Pied Piper of motor oil

Staring at the engine

Offering their advice as if to a brother

The male version of kindness to each other.

 

Children can be disturbingly mean

Yet if one is crying, an innate understanding surfaces

A desire to aid their fellow toddler

Who screams as if about to smother

As their compassion resonates from one to another.

 

Dogs who dislike each other

Will temporarily forgive and huddle around the loner

The one cowering from lightning or fire crackers

As they remember the pack rule

Of sister and brother.

 

Are we tribal sociopaths? Or are we capable of

Love and compassion for each other?

The pack is the clue, whether human or not

Revealing a generosity of spirit

That we joyfully rediscover.

 

© 2014 ViataMaja, Poezija

 

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