Souls - Poem by Eugene Levich
I wonder if monkeys have souls.
Their DNA and ours are almost identical—by 95 percent,
Some say ninety-eight!
Deoxyribonucleic acid is neither charade nor pretense
Do monkeys wonder if we have souls?
And if monkeys do have souls, what about
Ranger—my wonderful childhood canine brother?
Mustn't he have entered the gates of heaven?
‘Cause he seemed often more human than some people.
Dogs enjoy a heavenly patron—Saint Roch
Who died in 1327—
Wouldn't he lead all the good dogs in?
If my soul does enter heaven-
As unlikely a premise as that might be-
If Ranger didn't come bounding to greet me...
It wouldn't be truly heaven, you see.
And if monkeys and dogs have souls
What about cats? —Does Ace have a soul?
I'd like to think so—but I really don't know.
‘Cause one doesn't know where to stop.
Cats also enjoy a patron—Sainte Gertrude de Nivelle
A Belgian who died in 659—
Cats would thus seem to have a free pass in.
And that would indeed be swell.
But cats being somewhat devilish,
I wouldn't so much expect to see
Ace's presence there.
He was a bad boy anyway
Though perhaps Sainte Gertrude wouldn't care.
Elephants and horses, possibly
Giraffes, hippos; maybe- who knows?
Cobras, rats, and crocodiles; probably not...
(There is no patron saint of rats!)
I find these metaphysical questions
I know some humans who behave like monkeys-
Do humans really have souls?
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