Voices

We say animals don’t have voices,

So, we never know what they are communicating.

We only hear a ‘Coo’ or a ‘Moo’ with pauses,

And then go, ‘Hmm, wonder what they are thinking.

But what does it take to understand the long, trembling bleat

Of a goat at the butcher’s, before she’s taken apart –

Knowing the A, B, Z of their alphabet…

Or listening with your heart?

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