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the other ones

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

The other ones are quiet
but strong — they make deeper sounds
that our ears cannot understand.
We’ve only seen them in ones or twos —
sometimes three — but there are stories
about how they live in groups, smaller than ours
of course, with their fat little children
and their senile old ones — toothless,
some with damaged legs, no longer able to hunt
or even make tools.
Yet these broad-browed ones, barrel chested, lion-maned —
they seem to care for their…



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Franco Amati

Franco Amati

Speculative fiction writer from New York. For published work visit or buy me a coffee at