Luke’s Junkyard Song - Learnings from a Dog


This is Simba. He’s the family dog named after the lion cub from Disney’s The Lion King.  This morning I am reading a poem by Mary Oliver about a less fortunate dog, but one who has something to teach all of us:


I was born in a junkyard, 
not even on a bundle of rags 
or the seat of an old wrecked car 
but the dust below. 
But when my eyes opened
I could crawl to the edge and see 
the moving grass and the trees 
and this I began to dream on, 
though the worms were eating me. 
And at night through the twists of metal 
I could see a single star—one, not even two. 
Its light was a thing of wonder, 
and I learned something precious 
that would also be good for you. 
Though the worms kept biting and pinching 
I fell in love with this star. 
I stared at it every night—that light so clear and far.
Listen, a junkyard puppy 
learns quickly how to dream. 
Listen, whatever you see and love—
that’s where you are.

— Dog Songs: by Mary Oliver