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Poem: "Interspecies Relationships" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Interspecies Relationships"
This is the freebie for the February [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] freshbakedlady. It also fills the "yummy" square in my 1-31-18 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest.

"Interspecies Relationships"

When the world was younger,
humans wandered the land
looking for companionship.

Sometimes they found it in
each other, sometimes in others.

A few wolves crept out of the woods
and, daring to make themselves
vulnerable, became dogs.

Man and dog hunted
together, and it was yummy.

Women, chasing the rats
away from the food supply,
smiled at the wild cats.

The cats were more interested
in the rats than in companionship,
but they stuck around for the food.

Dog is man's best friend, bound
to us by a deep tie of trust, and they
would no longer thrive without us.

Cats, though? They like
to keep their options open.

* * *


Domestication is a process in which humans change animals. But it doesn't always work the same way.

Dogs were domesticated first as hunting companions. This gives them a strong sense of attachment to humans.

Cats, on the other hand, largely domesticated themselves. This makes them an outlier among domestic animals, very little different from their wild relatives.

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