We’ve just found out that the sun’s not alone
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in providing the energy for life.
Right here on earth there are life-forms, now known,
that thrive where we thought there’d be too much strife.
They utilize sulfuric thermal vents
for all the energy necessary
for living function, finding nourishments
in pressures and dark extraordinary.
New, too, we’ve learned that other earthlings here
can share both emotion and intellect.
The ape, cetacean and avian spheres
have learned our language, if not joined our sect.
It’s far more rare we try to speak their tongue.
At interspecies meet-and-greets, we’re dumb.
The quickest way for me to learn something new is to first understand why I'd like to learn it.