Story 31 of 100

Elena Tucker
1 min readMar 18
Photo by Daniel Mačura on Unsplash

Use Your Inside Animal.

The animal inside me wears cute little sweaters when it’s cold outside,

She’s afraid of thunder and hides under sofa cushions when it storms,

She eats kibble and whatever scraps she can beg from the big table,

The animal inside me is a tan chihuahua who shakes nervously, but is very friendly.

The animal inside you is quite powerful and can fly,

She’s afraid of nothing except perhaps too bright a day,

She eats mice, and other rodents she can get ahold of, anytime,

The animal inside you is a fierce barn owl, and is not very friendly.

Sometimes I am afraid the animal inside you will eat the animal inside me,

But usually our inside animals get along, although we are very different.

But even if your animal eats mine, I don’t mind, because we are all animals,

And nothing should go to waste, not even our inside animals.

Elena Tucker

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.