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Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

Oh God she says
The dog has learned to spell
And suddenly the whole universe
 
Makes sense it’s a living breathing
Cell with ribosomes and 
Mitochondria and a tail and
 
Things hanging out of its mouth
Like spittle and we are lying beneath
The table waiting for food to drop
 
From the beings having dinner above
And we decipher meaning only if
It confirms what we already
 
Want as if nothing exists except 
Our desire and nothing has permanence
Unless we see it today and tomorrow
 
We leave the room and the chair is still
There and I think of Feynman’s marvelous 
Universe this tremendous range of time 
 
And space and different kinds of animals 
And all the different planets and all these 
Atoms with their motions are merely 
 
A stage so God can watch human beings 
Struggle for good and evil or if we want 
A bigger stage because as Gracie Allen
 
says never put a period where
God has placed a comma we 
Can demand answers 
 
To the unanswerable and adopt 
The uncertainty and
Embrace the mysteries we now
 
Experience so of course we
Are all agnostics but we can’t stop 
There we have to move
 
Toward understanding God
And embrace the true mysteries
Of the universe which are different
 
Than the mysteries which confounded
People thousands of years ago and
As Gracie says I don’t see what
 
Difference it makes what side 
Your bread is buttered because 
I always eat both sides and so
 
I’m always uncertain of anything 
Except the most basic answers as when 
Josie learns T-R-E-A-T 
 
Refers to her constant desire.
 

From American Ash (Ragged Sky 2020) by Michael Simms. Copyright 2020.

Josefina Maria (Josie)

12 comments on “Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

  1. abby zimet
    September 13, 2020

    wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kim4true
    September 13, 2020

    I want to hug Josie and feed her treats. She is very like my dear Roscoe P. Brought a tear to my eye looking at her begging so earnestly in this photo.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    September 13, 2020

    I’m going to read this poem to Tashi. Maybe I’ll teach her endoplasmic reticulum. I think she already knows how to spell walk.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      September 13, 2020

      Yes, Josie learned the words treat and walk and park, so we started spelling them, but she learned to spell. Now we have to speak in code around her and keep changing the code or she will learn those words as well.

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Jose A Alcantara
    September 13, 2020

    Gorgeous! What wisdom dogs have. And us, too, wise enough to learn from them.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Saleh Razzouk
    September 13, 2020

    One of the best.
    It looks at the whole as one and the one as whole. Very brilliant poem.

    Liked by 1 person

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