And They Can Not

by Regis Boff

These beasts who share the world with us.
Why do they sing when they can not compose?
How can they love
without ever venturing to cherish?
How can they speak but never care
to say things new?
Why is it that we wish?
And they can not.

Meerkat or suricate (Suricata suricatta) family with young on the lookout at the edge of their burrow. Kgalagadi Desert. Southeast Namibia