Poems · Poetry

Ignorance

Are we the only creatures capable of self-reflection?
How are we sure?
Is the idea of a dog learning to recognise his own reflection so obscure?
How does the hummingbird return to the most nectar fuelled plants
If he does not remember the actions of his last little prance?
Or the male tiger who got into a scuffle last week
With that grizzly bear he now knows not to seek?
Or the cunning fox who waits for 9AM
Because that is when he knows he will catch the perfect hen
What about the female kitten who knows not to expect praise
When her owner returns home to her mischievous ways
Are we the only creatures capable of self-reflection?
How are we sure?
Is the idea that we are not the only intelligent beings so obscure?
Or do we hide from the everyday evidence
And the possible fact
That our intelligence may be shared
With a creature as minuscule
as a rat.

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