and here's the second poem this week [first here]
the Muse(s) provided the last line;
the title derives from the passage in the Confucian “Analects”: 三人行必有我師 (“[when] three men are walking, there is sure to be my teacher”);
the optimist/pessimist bit came from a BBC report last week;
and the rest I got from the “heavenly” and “earthly” behaviour of my dog, Hutian/Hudi(胡天/胡地)
[title] When walking with my dogs,
There is always something new to learn:
From Hutian’s naïve gregariousness,
I’ve learnt to meet strangers with an open heart;
from Hudi’s incessant sniffing,
I’ve learnt not to stick my nose into strangers’ groins.
From Hutian’s adventurous spirit,
I’ve gained my own wanderlust;
from Hudi’s defense of the realm,
I’ve learnt that after a while away, it is always good to return home.
I’ve learnt that every tree can be my toilet;
I’ve learnt not to roll in other people’s shit,
and NEVER to eat it.
From Hutian the optimist,
I’ve learnt that my lover going out of the door
does not mean she is leaving me for ever;
from Hudi the pessimist,
I’ve learnt that it probably means she is.
From Hutian’s passion for the simple things in life,
I’ve learnt to enjoy driving a car with my head out the window
or running through knee-deep water after a storm;
I now know I must not lick my balls when I meet a nice girl.
I’ve learnt never to bite the hand that feeds me;
I’ve realised there is a little Oedipus in all of us.
I’ve learnt to be satisfied with what God puts on the table in front of me;
I’ve learnt THIS IS NOT ENOUGH.
from both Hutian and Hudi,
I’ve learnt that, within our hectic lives,
we should still take time to stop and smell the piss on the flowers.