Just Another Dumb Animal Poem 

Just another dumb animal

Just another dumb animal,
Said the man standing by the wall.
Looking out at a scruffy cat,
From underneath his old grey hat.
His suit so smart, his face so old,
Waiting for the train in the cold.
Off to do a job that he hates,
To put food on his children's plates.
It made me think to hear those words,
About the lives of cats and birds.
A cat may be a little sad,
But would it go completely mad?
A dog doesn't need to pay the bills,
Or understand the toxic spills.
A mouse would never give a squeak,
If you told it that the pound is weak.
A snake won't need a credit card,
To help it through when times are hard.
A rabbit does not suffer the blues,
When it can't wear the latest shoes.
A gerbil would not live on drugs,
Paid for by the people he mugs.
A bird flies high above the crowds,
Looking down from above the clouds.
The biggest things that give us stress,
Are problems caused by our own mess.
We fill our lives, create such fuss,
Maybe the dumb animals are us?
Dean Thorpe
Dax the cat, my old pet

About this poem

I really do wonder sometimes if we have it the wrong way round, we think we are the most advanced species on the planet, but how come we chase round after our pets, fetching their food etc. while they sit on their bums watching us? I would probably get very bored being a dog or a cat as I like to keep my mind occupied, do they get bored or are most of them happy to have their simple lives, with simple needs.

Imagine a life where your biggest worry was where your favourite squeeky toy was or if you are going to be fed chicken or beef for your dinner? No worries about bills, jobs, credit crunches and things like that. I am not saying that animals do not get affected by such things, they just don't have to worry about it as much until it does.

Cats and other pets that I have had in the past seem to pick up a lot on emotions. I do think we are very lucky to have pets, but I sometimes wonder if they are as lucky to have us!

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons." - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy


Summary
  1. Her notepad poems: Introduction
  2. Her notepad poems: Being free to be me
  3. Her notepad poems: Big metal box
  4. Her notepad poems: Blue lights in the mirror
  5. Her notepad poems: Christmas thoughts
  6. Her notepad poems: Cold and grey in the UK
  7. Her notepad poems: Colours of my life
  8. Her notepad poems: Computers are a pain
  9. Her notepad poems: Concept of happiness
  10. Her notepad poems: Crowds all around me
  11. Her notepad poems: Eh Ju Kay Shon
  12. Her notepad poems: Evil people around us
  13. Her notepad poems: Exploring the woods
  14. Her notepad poems: Feel the pain
  15. Her notepad poems: Feeling alone
  16. Her notepad poems: Fluffy little tails
  17. Her notepad poems: Fluidity / genderfluid
  18. Her notepad poems: Free school parking
  19. Her notepad poems: Frozen moment in time
  20. Her notepad poems: Gay Pride
  21. Her notepad poems: Going to Disneyland Paris
  22. Her notepad poems: Hand beside me
  23. Her notepad poems: I hate you
  24. Her notepad poems: Illusion of life
  25. Her notepad poems: Just another dumb animal
  26. Her notepad poems: Life of a photographer
  27. Her notepad poems: Life of a snowflake
  28. Her notepad poems: Light from another world
  29. Her notepad poems: Lurking in the darkness
  30. Her notepad poems: Maybe I am going mad
  31. Her notepad poems: Mindfulness
  32. Her notepad poems: My first true love
  33. Her notepad poems: Normality
  34. Her notepad poems: Not going mad this Christmas
  35. Her notepad poems: Opening my mind
  36. Her notepad poems: Out there
  37. Her notepad poems: Passion or prayer
  38. Her notepad poems: Perfect man
  39. Her notepad poems: Psyonic dreams
  40. Her notepad poems: Raindrops on the window
  41. Her notepad poems: Red is the colour of blood
  42. Her notepad poems: Roller coaster rider
  43. Her notepad poems: Second by second
  44. Her notepad poems: Side effect of Doctors
  45. Her notepad poems: Storm
  46. Her notepad poems: Strange creatures
  47. Her notepad poems: Stranger beside me
  48. Her notepad poems: Sugar excess
  49. Her notepad poems: Tick and the tock
  50. Her notepad poems: Trapped in the Summer
  51. Her notepad poems: Trust in terror media
  52. Her notepad poems: Watching death poem
  53. Her notepad poems: Westwood House
  54. Her notepad poems: When I grow up
  55. Her notepad poems: When munchies attack
  56. Her notepad poems: Why I go to Pride
  57. Her notepad poems: Why me