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Haiku by Dog: Lost

Haiku by Dog: past the sweet scent of / blossoms, underneath leaves, lies a  / tale of chipmunk lost

Opportunity lost. An unmet friend. The squirrel that was here, but is no longer.

A dog’s nose tells him what he missed. What could have been. It always tells stories in the past tense.

I wonder how we humans would react if we had that same ability. If life served up a daily helping of  “If you were here 20 seconds ago, you would have seen…”

Would we be able to parse that knowledge? Would we be able to move on–like our dogs–to the next exciting moment, letting go of what wasn’t and enjoying what is?


This is true of dogs and cats–and other animals whose sense of smell is better than ours. What questions do your pets make you ponder?


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  1. that’s a super good question… I bet we humans would use this fabulous sense for weird things :o)

  2. Brian Frum says:

    Dang, so many smells, so little time.

  3. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    az vizshuz az squirrel
    that chipmunk cant sing or dance
    Alvin wanna bee

  4. Emma says:

    Through our nose work and tracking, Mom is finally starting to get a bit of an idea as to how our noses work, and she is totally amazed!

  5. You’ll get that chipmunk next time!

  6. Mark at DBDT says:

    Wonderful Haiku! I have been dabbling in a little poetry myself. Haven’t produced anything as good as this, but I have been working on it. The question my dogs help me ponder is forgiveness and unconditional joy.

  7. meowmeowmans says:

    We love that haiku, and what a thought-provoking question!

  8. I think he’s most interested in the chipmunk smell 🙂

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