Thursday, April 28, 2016

DMC: "Animal Echoes" by Donna JT Smith


I whistle two notes -
I hear in a tree
Sung to me.

I mimic ‘whoo-whooo’
At night to the owl
That fowl
Returns howl.

I sing to the dog
All frenzied and stout
Lifts her snout
Yaps doubt.

I say ‘hey, there, cat!’
He me-yowls a slur -
His purr -
“Pat my fur.”

Returning a nuzzle
In whinnies or neighs
Are ways
Horse replays.

I speak, they reply
I hear their echoes
Each knows
How it goes.

© 2016 Donna JT Smith. All rights reserved.

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  1. What I love about this, Donna, is how you bring animals and humans together to show the world as a kind and gentle place. The echoes are there connecting us all if we only listen.

  2. The rhyming play echoes the joyfulness of this poem.

  3. Love that you took the echoes from all the animals as love ones, Donna.

  4. Great rhyming and connections between species, echoes of need and love.