Knox, my dog, Murphy
and Sophira, my two cats,
let me know just how they’re feeling.
Though they may lack subtlety
and nuance, they don’t
say one thing and do another.
A bark, a growl, a welp, a whimper,
a hiss or purr tells me
how they feel and what they need.
It’s up to me to take it from there.
And you can bet they’ll let me know
if I don’t get their message.