A Little Bit of Mercy
By Sue Shaw
An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org

All of God's creatures have rights, a fact that most people don't seem to recognize. This includes both human and non-human animals, but not all of them can speak for themselves.

A Little Bit of Mercy
By Sue Shaw

I used to eat with relish, 
The flesh of beings 
I now cherish...

I could squash a hapless bug 
Without a thought, 
And like a thug, 
Douse another 
With some evil-smelling spray...

- But that's who I was before!

I don't do that anymore, 
For my heart has opened fully 
And I pray...

That every human being 
Will likewise see, 
And start agreeing...

That even bugs 
Deserve some pity 
In both the country and the city, 
And a lit bit of mercy 
Never ever goes astray...

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