Goats like it when you smile at them,

a new study says.
The pigs couldn’t care less
when we stood
staring at them in the rain
while your cousin made chicken noises
and you sucked on a carrot rice cake
and your other cousin chased alpacas
and a duck had a bath
and a rusty wheelbarrow sprouted daisies
and the torn muscle in my leg
forgot it was on fire.

© Carl Burkitt 2021

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