Simplicities of Need  

I think I’m kind of like a deer.
I’m about the right size.
I need feed and water
and to sleep sheltered at night.  

Or maybe I’m more like a goat.
I am stubborn and need coaxing.
I need good strong fencing
and will eat almost anything.  

I really want to be a cat.
I like to sleep by a window.
I lay around all day
and give most people dirty looks.  

But let’s face it, I’m a person.
I live mostly from the nose up.
I stomp around on bad knees
with no thought to the wake I leave.  

I’m a tame human animal.
I belie the simplicities
of need. Creature comforts,
loving kindness, quieted heart.