Chuck Toll Poems
We neither pity other creatures nor feel sorry
for ourselves. Life does what it must, so do we.
We accept what there is: snakes, bugs, mice,
Squirrels, hares, trash and cats—all are nice.
We build our dens well hidden and secure,
Each made with double exits to be sure.
We honor females’ right to choose their mate;
We pair for life and share a common fate.
We keep our tails down, but our eyes are up.
We teach a wise discretion to each pup.
Imperatives of Life we honor and fulfill.
If we must chew off a paw in a trap, we will.
We will ...
Enough! bellowed Father,
I’ve had it to here!
The bickering must stop.
We need more good cheer!
Can’t a man live in peace
In his house without rant?
For once just be civil,
Don’t tell me you can’t.