by Ethel Mortenson Davis

They tried to tell us
you didn’t have souls—
but I knew better.

Your eyes showed it.
Your sense of humor
spoke it.

The way you took care
of your young
screamed it.

They tried to tell us
you didn’t have souls,
but I knew better.


Filed under Ethel Mortenson Davis, poems, Poetry

9 responses to “Mammals

  1. eremophila

    Yes Ethel, of course we did, but your words are needed.

  2. I’ve always known too, Ethel. Never believed “them”. Wonderful poem!

  3. This is good.
    humans think they know best
    but animals pass the test
    my dog makes me weep
    with wanting eyes that
    try to speak.
    With gentle paws, she combs my hair
    if I am sad and no one’s there.
    she gifts me her favourite toy, not to play,
    but to show me love, every day.

  4. This is such a wonderful reply. Love Ethel

  5. Such a wonderful poem. Of course they have souls, I can see it in my dogs eyes whenever she looks at me. Thanks for posting this.

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