The beasts are very wise,
Their mouths are clean of lies,
They talk one to the other,
Bullock to bullock brothers
Resting after their labors,
Each in stall with his neighbors,
But man with goad and whip,
Breaks up their fellowship,
Shouts in their silky ears
Filling their soul with fears.
When he has plowed the land,
He says: “they understand.”
But the beasts in stall together,
Freed from the yoke and tether,
Say as the torn flank smoke:
“Nay, ’twas the whip that spoke.”
(Rudyard Kipling, The Beasts are Very Wise)
Blessings on those
who from a place of empathy and compassion
defend, protect and lend voice
to innocent, sentient, living beings
who cannot speak for themselves.
Sentient Living Beings . . .
When we suffer
We suffer as equals.
Please be compassionate in action.
~Gerean Pflug for The Animal Spirits