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ME MEANS ALONE
By Linda Beane LjBeane1@aol.com

Me means alone.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Pretty easy concept.
Ever think about it?
Your aloneness.
Your unique oneness to all sentient beings.
Aloneness.
Hey, I don`t even know if that is a real word.
ALONENESS
But it is a real truth.
Let's explore this a bit.
Pinch your arm.
Yeah now,
Go ahead.
One of those beady, little tiny, hurty pinches.
You know the kind.
Slipped a few to someone once,
Didn`t ya?
A me, who needed a reminder of You,
Your oneness.
Your vulnerabilty.
Yeah, the big pinch.
Okay let's go for it.
Now just a good pinch, say on your arm.
OUCH!!
HURTS!!
Now say this out loud,
"Me hurt me!"
Not good grammer.
But think about it.
Quietly,
Feel the pain.
No one else did?
No one ever will.
Pinch away, only you suffer.
This is your aloneness.
Forever.
The Me, that is you, your oneness, your aloneness.
How many other me`s are out there?
Not just humans, but all creatures.
All alone, inclusive to us in their vunerability to suffering.
Can you feel that, their vulnerablity.
Do you protect?
Each human me has a choice
Does your soul cry out when an animal suffers?
These, innocent victims experiencing "alone" the tryanny of humans.
Do you see its aloneness?
The me??
THE ME?
Starved, abandoned, abused, entrapped, incinerated alive, chopped up,
butchered, scalded, beaten, tested, poisoned, tortured, raped, orphaned,
hunted, eaten, worn.
USED for the profit and pleasure of a callous ME!
Can you feel the pain here?
CAN YOU IMAGINE EACH TERROR?
IT IS A ME.
Think about that again.
Feel it.
Your aloneness??
Now take away your voice, your language,
Your status as a human.
You`re still a me.
I HURT YOU.
Now what?
You are powerless against ME.
PAIN?
What do you feel?
Me feels pain!
Me FEELS what all the me`s feel when hurt like this..
Alone and me.
Human indiscretion of an indifferent ME has chosen to abuse your innocence.
(Readers are you understanding this?)
Because if you do, your "Me" suffers too.
You suffer and recognize the aloneness.
You feel their helplessness and confusion..
You suffer their torment.
This compassion, separates us humans from each other.
Recognizing that we are all one.
Different species, but all one.
PINCH YOURSELF AGAIN,
HARDER.
Feel it, the individual pain only you suffer.
Me means alone.
Only a ME can stop the pain.
Use your life given power to protect.
SPEAK AND WORK FOR THE OPPRESSED AND ABUSED.
Stop the agonies and injustices, the tyranny against all animals.
QUIETLY NOW.....THINK AND FEEL THIS.....
Think---shhhhhhhhhh.
ME MEANS ALONE.
Listen.........
Hear it??????
"PLEASE HELP ME!!"
"ME HURTS!"
"ME IS AFRAID!"
"Mommy you said you would never let anyone hurt me."
" But ouch, me hurts so bad, me crying."
"Mommy?" "Mommy?"
"MOMMY!!!!!!!"
Oh me hurts............!

~Linda Beane

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