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.
Dedicated to Jason, who at a very young age, in farm country and
never having heard of vegetarianism, refused to ever eat meat again when he
was told where it came from after losing his treasured calf to the
slaughterhouse. This poem may be reprinted at any time by anyone, without
I stare at tree-covered mountain across the way,
Shuddering at repeated volleys.
In those woods walks beauty
That can't be destroyed or dragged out by hunters.
They've cheated themselves —
The corpses on car hoods are devoid of the Presence
Still in the woods,
Shadows walking quietly with those who come in peace.
The author was a pre-vet student, but dropped out of school the week before having to watch the upperclassmen practice on living animals. Most of her poems are auto-biographical.
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