In the last stretch of our epilogue
When humankind was nearly gone
A dying man embraced his dog
Said "good luck, pal" and he passed on
For days the dog stayed by his side
His soul echoed through the canine's mind
A magpie flew by as she cried;
drawn by the dead man's dog tag shine
The bird perched on a nearby bough
Sang to the dog "come, dry your eyes
Life on earth will ebb and flow
This planet blinks while his kind dies"
The dog said, "You don't understand
The consciousness that they possessed
Such beauty sprung forth from their hands;
their eyes could see the world undressed"
The bird said "be that as it may
Their minds fell by their violent sway
Every dog will have its day,
yet life will always find a way"
They heard a sound come from nearby,
and recognized a baby's cry
They rushed to the scene, found two infants alive
Grasped tight by their parents who hadn't survived
The dog said "Bird, do as you will
but I have faith humans, still
Like birds evolved from dinosaurs
His kind will change if they're restored"
The magpie gave a moment's thought,
then flew away, left dog distressed
But before the dog could second guess
The bird returned to build a nest