Say sensible things

When animals talk
to themselves they say

only sensible things:
the noun of threat

or safety the noun
of wind of sun of rain of

snow of shelter and
rest and warmth and

many good verbs: eat
drink fly swim run also

 play the verbs purr and sing
call and thrum and few

but crucial adverbs:
quickly quietly

here and now and the one
essential adjective of

their common holy
tongue: alive.



  1. I bet raccoons use adjectives.

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    1. You know they do. And double entendres.


  2. A few years ago my wife and I were hiking and passed through a huge flock of little Pine Siskins, all chirping away like mad in the nearby underbrush. It was a beautiful day and I’m sure they were all exclaiming, “Happy!” 🙂

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    1. Definitely part of the animal lexicon!

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  3. Sue McMillin · · Reply

    Lovely, Cate.

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Good to hear from you.

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  4. Cate, that’s beautiful! (Along with provocative … might we humans fare better with one another if we were more explicit, constrained to zero exaggerations?)


    1. Thanks, Jazz! We humans could definitely benefit from more inward engagement with elementals, with essentials, with the knowledge of our bodies, over the kinds of abstractions and ruminations that often preoccupy us …

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