Man's Best Friend
With plodding steps and tame fire in hand,
Beasts on two feet walked the gauntlet of the first no man's land.
Just behind came the wolf hunkered low, lured by the smell of food and trails of bones,
By the domesticated flame's warm glow.
First subsisting on trash hesitantly,
mere bits and scraps,
their noble hearts charmed us to be fed generously,
They came to rest their heavy heads in our laps.
A pact, a bond of eternal companionship would soon take hold,
A unshakable loyalty would grow,
Unprecedented alliance would unfold.
Together they'd live in harmony,
little did the wolves or upright folk know.
Such events couldn't be foretold.
In the eyes of the wolf the man-beast seems strange, perhaps.
A furless chattering thing standing only on its back feet with a knack for clever tasks,
With two long, odd paws molded to grasp.
In the eyes of the man-beast the wolf seems fierce, no doubt.
A strong predator with undeniable prowess, massive fangs, and a powerful snout.
Yet, for all the difference between them, these beasts did grow together.
In spite of unlikeness we share many traits with interconnected fates,
and much we have weathered.
Social creatures, travelling in packs, hunting by endurance not only brute force.
Both clever, both loving, both cooperative in nature, collective beasts of resource.
A cautious acquaintance became our dearest and most ancient friend.
We've come to love them vastly, even if all good things must end.
Their short lives impact us, for they follow us round every twist and bend.
As the folk and the wolves treaded together through the ages the wolves took varied forms in shapely guided trends.
They became the means to many ends.
In spite of their service, we came to betray our lovely friends.
In their loyalty and love for the man-beast, they became unrecognizable.
From the hunting hound to the rat dog, the guardian to the shepherd, these changes are undeniable.
This is a gift, their evolution for our sake,
Yet some beasts of man have forgotten this along the way.
Forgot that without the wolves and their descendants we wouldn't be where we are.
Forgot to be grateful, for their loyalty has carried far.
Forgot to return the love and trust our ancestors earned many millennia ago under the same shining stars.
Treated as no more than chattel,
the children of the wolf are neglected, abused, twisted, and addled.
Their once practical forms have been warped by mankind's obsession with looks,
some of their mighty jaws crushed into useless folds and crooks,
their once sonorous and strong lungs stifled by their abominable pedigree,
The damage to their bloodlines is clear to perceive.
Bred in bulk into sickly bodies,
Sold like mere accessories,
Valued for profit and commodities.
Resigned to weep and beg on chains unattended,
Given false hope then simply abandoned,
pitted in fights against their own kind,
Left to starve, left to die.
A sickening betrayal from their once great ally.
May we recall the prancing paws dancing in our footsteps,
ages of love, work, and play gifted from the divine,
from their judgement we are exempt,
our traditions and habits intertwined.
May we appreciate this unlikely gift of a friend in our lonely human lives.
May we honor their fealty and help the descendants of the wolf to thrive.
Droves of dogs have come and gone,
Their legacy follows us surely as noon follows the dawn.
From the largest to the smallest, the wolf still lives within.
They follow close behind, with their unwavering grins.
Innumerable friendships, an immeasurable ancestral bond.
They give love so unconditional and naive that the children of the wolf fawn,
allowing themselves to be oppressed.
So loving of us, they often refuse to defend or aggress.
Those pushed to turn against us, may their souls know peace and rest.
This fault is not their own, they do not choose their distress.
They deserve the highest of care and admiration,
I yearn for an age of true reconciliation.
May we weed out those with no heart or compassion,
May we, the man-beasts, be called to action.
Humanity is no supreme entity,
We are animals just as they.
No better, no worse,
We are all equals on this Earth,
Do not be led astray.
No creature is beneath us,
No beast deserves our malice or neglect.
We must honor the ways they serve us.
Show them our mercy and respect.
Of all the many animals to serve us,
The dog is our truest confidant.
Even before our farms and cattle they found us,
We cannot leave them now to rot.
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