Maybe we invented

You, brought you



Wolves bark in

Packs for their own

Reasons—do you

Still know?


You are fur and teeth


And if we carve

Them down, you

Still have claws

In canine thinking


In taming you, we

Take ownership


When we don’t, we

Lie to you


And God and will

Need a better answer

Than Cain gave

For a sibling, also



But there can be

Love in what we do,


And you improve us


Family is larger,

Home fuller, our

Blood chemistry is

Better when we

Pet you


(Hence the virtue in

The name)


Our company for all

Friends, your

Impulses toward


Concern and toward



These guard us—

And there’s a human

Promise in what we

Owe you



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