Eugene Levich

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
A Frenchman
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
So fascinating!
I know some humans who behave like monkeys-
Do humans really have souls?

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Comments about Souls by Eugene Levich

  • Savita Tyagi (12/1/2016 9:13:00 PM)

    There is a story in our Epic Mahabharata. Yudhishter and his brothers and their wife along with a dog went on their final journey. One by one all dropped to ground. Only Yudhishter and the dog were able to reach at heaven's gate. Yudhishter when invited in refused to enter with out his dog, who really turned out to be Dharmraj (his eternal father) himself. Your poem brought the old story to mind. (Report) Reply

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  • Clarence Prince (8/24/2016 1:38:00 PM)

    Do humans really have souls? Yes! And every believer will say yes,
    and one should take care of one's soul, if one is mindful of eternal-life!
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  • Paul Butters (1/13/2016 4:55:00 AM)

    Yes, I too have often wondered about this very thing. Clearly higher animals are sentient, conscious etc., probably as much as US, if not more. Where do we draw the line? Fish? ? ? Insects? ? ? Plants? ? ? ? ? ? Great poem asking some very serious questions. (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2015 6:08:00 AM)

    I find these metaphysical questions
    So fascinating!
    I wonder if humans have souls! - - Wonderful! ! I wonder if humans have souls! beacuse i did not see anyther's soul.
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  • Kelly Kurt (3/22/2015 12:07:00 PM)

    Wonderful! ! I so enjoy the philosophical and have pondered this very subject. The personal touch put into this piece, along with the informational aspect make it not only a complete package but a sum greater than its parts. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Darlene Walsh (3/3/2015 7:26:00 AM)

    Souls, and spirits, can be tricky things. If someone is truly evil they are called soulless, what happens when their life ends? My dog (Jones) is a very special soul to me, in many years when I go to heaven (lol if that's really a possibility) would it really be heaven without my Jones. So many questions about life, the universe and everything? The monkeys and I want to know!

    Darla :)
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  • Bri Edwards (2/8/2015 12:08:00 AM)

    this poem is now entered into bri edwards new monthly PH a showcase for PH poets, to be found under a poem with a similar name on Bri Edwards PH site. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (5/29/2014 11:55:00 PM)

    gee, i've heard the word passel, years ago, but i don't think i've ever seen it in print. thanks for the new experience, and for teaching me how to spell it.

    I wonder really if humans have souls..........this line gave me a softly-muffled chuckle (mine) .

    do you have something against cobras, raccoons, and rabbits? ? but ya know a lot can probably be packed into the different (from monkeys) 5% of DNA, so i'm leaning towards monkeys not having souls and one or two people i know personally, ...........and a few politicians.

    i enjoyed the poem and the two comments from colleen and sandra. thanks for sharing. it goes well with your Heaven poem. bri :) i'm going to send it to MyPoemList.
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  • (5/29/2014 4:08:00 PM)

    Oh my goodness! ! ! Have you been watching a secret reel of my past conversations? My great aunt who passed away almost 2 yrs ago used to debate this issue constantly! She couldn't grasp the concept of what a soul is and/or how it could continue on after death etc etc. She was 87 when we used to have these conversations! As for if animals possess these souls brings me to a conversation has recently w/a second cousin of mine age 79. We are both believers that animals have brains and were discussing how great it would be to know how they think, what they know etc. I get so very angry when people say animals can't or don't think! Sometimes I think they are smarter than humans! Some of them anyways! So though I can not explain what a soul is to another (I think it's something you either get or don't get.) I do believe animals also have one. Which is what makes them capable of love. And no one better tell me that animals don't love! I had my Kitty Girl for 18 years and I KNOW she loved me! Great poem!
    Gets the blood pumping and the mind going!
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  • (5/20/2014 12:06:00 AM)

    They probably have not. Period
    I have not been so amused and fascinated by a poem in a long time. So sweetly innocent and witty was this, heartwarming Souls Thank you, for breathing this breath of thoughtful kindness towards these wonderful creatures that are animals.10/10
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  • Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (5/19/2014 4:28:00 PM)

    Hello poet Eugene, I think your poem is endless in it's possibilities, it was very entertaining and thought provoking.
    I just posted my poem An Old Soldier along with the musical recitation. If you have time, please check it out and let me know your thoughts. Thanks, Loyd
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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 19, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, October 2, 2015

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