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“The Knew Kid”

December 10, 2021
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I needed a moment to just wander and roam,
A break from the chaos, a break from the phone.
I had needed a moment to just clear my head,
This year had been heavy, a constant of dread.
So, I took off my lunch break and made my escape,
From the computer that I had now come to hate.
My soul felt amiss, a disconnect from my life.
My dreams were now fading, my hopes now in strife.
I was beginning to think no one could compare,
With the pain I was holding, don’t break, don’t you dare.
I walked out the door knowing where would I go,
The zoo was the place my heart still would know.
So, I walked these paths looking for what, I’ve no clue,
But as walking by this kid said here’s looking at you.
I stopped and I turned with a pull unexplained,
To see this goat looking back like he knew all my pain.

I stood on the sidewalk as crowds passed me by,
Watching him watch me, face to face, eye to eye.
He looks at me knowingly as if that could be,
Shaking my head, I confirm that’s crazy.
How could this goat, one I've never seen,
Know anything at all about human me.
Man, I have lost it to think such a thing,
That this animal knows what burdens I bring.
I shook it off again and started to go,
Still wondering if it’s true animals always know.

Shannon Leach is a slice-of-life encouragement writer and the owner of A Repurposed Heart and ARH Inspirations. Her authentic stories and books about leadership, life, and loving people focus on encouraging others and reminding them they are not alone. Her work can also be found in Guideposts and multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is the co-founder of the nonprofit The Fostered Gift.
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