Philosophical Dog

—for the best friends of Sophie, B & N

she’s rambunctious
she keeps to simple thoughts
(so, at least, we think)
but will chase a ball, calculating trajectory,
analyzing parabola, quick
as a bright spark in dense fog
(again, we presume)
until the ball lands in thick brush
then, leading with her nose,
ferrets the round thing out
by a means of calculus that must
mean our sanguine Sophie
is no merely playful mutt,
but a covertly philosophical dog

by Jim Culleny

-Thanks, Nancy, for the prompt