Darcy makes the invitation

Biak responds

“Hey, let’s go get William!”

Game over

With cooler temperatures
the alpaca
are a lot more playful.
Every morning,
as I bring their bowls of pellets,
William kicks up his heels
and makes a circle or two
around Darcy,
who twirls around
trying to get to his bowl.
Out in the pasture,
Darcy and Biak
have taken up wrestling again.
Sometimes it looks like play.
Sometimes it looks like it might be
something else,
for sometimes they bite each other’s necks
and knees.
When it’s not play,
their lower lips sag
and they can’t eat for awhile.
These days,
in the cool,
clear air of autumn,
it looks like
sheer fun.