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?