Remember the above scene from the Johnny Depp movie Finding Neverland? To calm Portho, the dog’s doubts, here’s one of our favorite texts – Just a dog poem.
Porthos dreams of being a bear, and you want to shatter those dreams by saying he’s ‘just a dog’? What a horrible candle-snuffing word. That’s like saying, “He can’t climb that mountain, he’s just a man”, or “That’s not a diamond, it’s just a rock.” Just. ~J.M. Barrie
Just a dog poem
How many times have you heard the phrase ‘just a dog’ before?
Be it when you are standing for a mute animal or raising concern over an atrocious act. How many times have you faced the heat of cynical eyes darting you in an obnoxious manner?
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a dog.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,” but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phrases like ‘just a friend,’ ‘just a sunrise,’ or ‘just a promise.’
“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy.”Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of “just a dog”, I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog”, but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being ‘just a man or woman’ So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”
because they “just don’t understand.”