Do you talk to the cat in Spanish? She has lived her whole life in a sunny garden in Oaxaca.
She is accustomed to tourists. Do you whisper to her in English?
What are you talking to the cat for anyway? I mean, what do you have to discuss? You probably shouldn’t broach politics or religion–even if that is what she seems to want to chit-chat about.
Certainly don’t mention Flaco, your dog friend in the park or the two felines you left at home. There’s no need to discuss plans for the weekend, progress on that writing project, what you like most about visiting her residence; these are all trivia.
Clearly, she agrees the weather is splendid and her coat is exquisite; words would be redundant.
Why waste a sentence when you can tell her how much you love her with a firm stroke from her ears to her tail?
A Little Language
I know a little language of my cat, though Dante says
that animals have no need of speech and Nature
abhors the superfluous. My cat is fluent. He
converses when he wants with me. To speak
is natural. And whales and wolves I’ve heard
in choral soundings of the sea and air
know harmony and have an eloquence that stirs
my mind and heart—they touch the soul. Here
Dante’s religion that would set Man apart
damns the effluence of our life from us
to build therein its powerhouse.
It’s in his animal communication Man is
true, immediate, and
in immediacy, Man is all animal.
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- What do you or a character talk to the cat (or another animal) about? Why? Try out dialogue/monologue using this as a device.