Thank you to Lynda Lee at dVerse for tonight’s prosery quote: “A cow is screaming across the arroyo.” It led me to exploring a topic that’s been on my mind a lot lately.
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“It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. ”Mark Twain
No Dumb Animals (144 words)
A cow is screaming across the arroyo. She recognizes the helpless fearful cry: where have you gone, my little one?
The calf probably slipped down the embankment. Mare approaches the currently dry stream bed where she hears a responding bleat.
Countless times, she’s mocked: “It’s a stupid cow.” “Just a deer.” “Dumb squirrel.”
She bites her tongue, every time, lately not so much. Age? Research? The world? Who knows why her tongue’s become greased lightning imparting undesired opinions.
She thinks of her pup, Kasey, grateful for her presence through his pain, placing his chin one last time on her hand, moments before the injection. How that chin once rested on her shoulder as a foster who didn’t want to leave–and didn’t.
The universe with its vast bastion of secrets but one she knows and knows to be true: no animal’s a dumb animal.