When I ran with the dogs,
with the whippets and hounds, but mostly
with many young mongrels,
Confident advice flowed with barking
ignorance as Young Turk wisdom without
benefit of time or trial.
All things were defined by toads little wiser
or experienced than were we pups, with
foibles and foolishness all their own.
Success and failure were measured by the ignorance
of prediction rather than outcome, by dreams
over reality, by desires above experience.
Dead war dog stories try telling us
that neither happiness nor success
bother to dress up in frogskins.
Shine your light when you look both ways.
Mind and mine deeply gaps of the past
filled with learned experience.