Dog Day Musings

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It was a chance encounter one foggy morning.
They’d never met before – the lady sat on a bench, the dog stopping to her front.
She thought, how beautiful; which brought back memories …
Of better days, when loneliness was unknown;
When she was part of a crowd;
When relationships seemed never ending;
When fun was had;
When she realized anything was possible …
but now … ?
Oh, to be young again. But …
… memories are such wonderful things.
They invigorate – make young again.
And for a while, she was.
And armed with her thoughts, she took one last look at the lady and walked off.

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They looked at raw intelligence – studied it – but couldn’t understand it.
‘Maybe it’s a hardware problem,’ said the leader.
The others agreed and popped it back in the head. But still it didn’t work – couldn’t figure out he was dead.
So the robots took it out again, and again and again in an eternal loop …
… which was the problem with artificial intelligence.
It’s dumb.
Which is why they had to try to understand the real thing.
But they were running out of humans.

Book 27 of 68, Mysteries of the Bible, out 27 March

52 comments on “Dog Day Musings

  1. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited, Anthony, but I remember your unique mix-up of poetry and events, fact and fiction. The wolf poem has a lovely twist at the end, and the idea of running out of humans in quest of the nature of intelligence seems very appropriate right now.

  2. Love both of these Anthony. In “Dog Day Morn” I can truly relate to the voice and how memories and moments can take us back to our youth. “Raw Intelligence” is brilliant writing Anthony. It is wonderful to see you blogging and writing again. I do hope that you are feeling better and look forward to seeing you again and again.

  3. I so resonate with your poem. I especially loved the twist at the end, when it was the wolf doing the musing rather than the lady. Very cool. I also can well understand the difficulty in finding human intelligence these days. LOL. Lovely to read you, Anthony.

  4. This is fine read for me, Anthony. Yes said in two lines what it took me several verses to say. But then we headed off in different directions after the meet. I like yours with the memory, I took one line for that.
    Haha, great minds run … I am glad you are writing again, I visited you a few times but I’m not sure it was lurking are if I may have left a couple of comments?? I stayed with OSI until its end, then went with the Imaginary Garden until it’s demise.

  5. Ya got me! Sitting here all caught up in my senior moment, the reminiscing thing … then arf, arf, gone in a flash! This is so YOU. I love it.

  6. I love the clever twist at the close Anthony, and it might well describe how us humans see and put ourselves first and to hell with everything else.
    Love Raw Intelligence too and if we haven’t eradicated our species in other ways, perhaps this might be our eventual death knell.
    Anna :o]

  7. Enjoyed the twist in the first poem very much and shuddered at the second–it showed the alienation of understanding vividly.

  8. Re: “Raw Intelligence” – I enjoy the wry humor that reflect a bit of truth within. So much better than crude, slapstick or simple jokes. It’s dark but it makes you think after being jabbed in the ribs.

  9. Poignant … beautifully rendered. Alas, old age brings a myriad of ‘endings’ … the company of friends probably one of hardest deprivations, With an awesome twist/close, to boot … this is a compelling poem.

  10. I enjoyed that both are old, the lady and the dog, and so where the voice reverses almost doesn’t matter–like a Mobias strip, there is an endless circle here where we care for and are in care of each other. Magic.

  11. Not sure which lady I relate to more. I have been feeling grief over losses with time but also see it all as preparation, learning and teaching moments for what comes in the end. Thanks for this meaningful vignette.

  12. Thank you, Colleen. Grief never really leaves us – this is true – but nearly always the good times had also attach to it.

  13. I too was struck by the twist at the end, when realizing that the perspective could have been one or the other, and a dog day morn is just what it is. I could just imagine the fog lifting up and out of memory.

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