When you cut them open

you cannot find

where this unconditional

love comes from.

We have even tried

torture but they will not

give up their secrets.

Yet we know it is there.

A product for enormous profit.

You can see it in their eyes

when you tie them down.

So far all we have are scents

and fashion statements.

We need more government funds.

Imagine what we could do

with this power in their eyes?

We would be like gods,

a science from the heavens.

The fools who picket our lab

do not understand

what we are up against.

Our enemies are working too.

Whole species have disappeared.

Our time is running out.

You can see it in their eyes.

Peter Buknatski

Montpelier, Vt.

3 thoughts on “THE ANIMALS

  1. I appreciate your appreciation for the non-human critters, Petey.

    “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.”   (from Aldo Leopold, “Thinking Like a Mountain).”

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