To a Seventh-Grade Heart Breaker
By Kiana
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.

To a Seventh-Grade Heart Breaker
By Kiana Shurkin

A poem by 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest Grand Prize Winner Kiana

You run the scalpel over my chest
Watch in wonder as my heartbeats slow, then cease
Then you set my heart aside
And proceed to disassemble me
Piece by tiny piece

Because the teachers told you
That your lifeís worth more than mine
And you will get an F
If you donít perform this crime

Because you are too curious
And CGI* wonít do
Nor a model of a frog
To substitute for true

Because to change is hard
And often very slow
And this is how itís always done
Because my kind seems low

No matter that I sing at night
Or eat the bugs that bite
No matter that I matter, too
And that this isnít right

You run the scalpel over my chest
Watch in wonder as my heartbeats slow, then cease
Then you set my heart aside
And proceed to disassemble me
Piece by tiny piece.

*CGI- short for ďcomputer generated imageryĒ. Some schools use computer software to replace live frog dissections with videos and interactive animations from which students can learn without harming any real creatures.


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