Monday, April 15, 2019

Poem 15/30- Dogs Teach Us Many Lessons

Tonight when I was trying to find the article about lung cancer,
I found a whole different article about using dogs to detect stomach cancer. 
April is National Poetry Month. This year, I've chosen "Dog Days" as my theme. Every day, for these thirty days, I will write a poem about dogs. Today's poem is a found poem. This morning, on the way to work, I heard about a study, where dogs were able to detect lung cancer with 97% accuracy.  Tonight, when I was trying to write a poem, I hunted down the article and made it into a found poem. 

"dogs teach us many lessons"

dogs teach us many lessons

highly evolved 
sense of smell 
can identify cancer 
in blood samples 
with 97 percent accuracy

it is possible
that researchers will determine 
the biologic compounds
dogs detect
then design
cancer-screening tests
based on those compounds

dogs teach us many lessons

provide us 
with unconditional love 
and support, 
 and keep us walking 
and healthy 

dogs teach us many lessons

(C) Carol Wilcox, 2019


Linda B said...

Their capabilities are amazing, like the cancer detecting you included, but also those who can predict a seizure in people, and more. Love that you wrote about this, Carol.

Ramona said...

Incredible to think about these possibilities, but even more important is the unconditional love and support, something that sometimes is missing in our human interactions. Thanks for sharing your puppy love with us every day this month.