It’s 5 AM and still dark as the lake
When the rooster starts his clownish complaint.
He is quickly joined by the village dogs,
The gecko on the wall behind the bed
Birds and more birds
And finally Fiona the donkey
Whose hoarse and outraged heehaw
Signals she is not ready for another day
Tethered to a pole in fickle shade.
This in response to Sherry’ s prompt over at earthweal : “For this week’s challenge, speak for animals, or let the animals speak.“