Heidi StephensonWhere have all the animals gone?
Animal Rights Poetry By Heidi Stephenson From All-Creatures.org

Poems of compassion dedicated to the non-human animals who share this planet with us and the people who fight for them.

Where have all the animals gone?
By Heidi Stephenson

Every death is an extinction...

Where have all the sucklings gone? Short time passing
Where have all the sucklings gone? Short time ago
Where have all the sucklings gone?
Humans ate them, every one
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young lambs gone? Short time passing
Where have all the young lambs gone? Short time ago
Where have all the young lambs gone?
Humans killed them, every one
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young calves gone? Short time passing
Where have all the young calves gone? Short time ago
Where have all the young calves gone?
Into ‘veal’ crates, every one
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the babies gone? Short time passing
Where have all the babies gone? Short time ago
Where have all the babies gone?
Dead and packaged, every one
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young kids gone? Short time passing
Where have all the young kids gone? Short time ago
Where have all the young kids gone?
Each boy shot dead, every one
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the male chicks gone? Short time passing
Where have all the male chicks gone? Short time ago
Where have all the male chicks gone?
Gassed and chopped up, every one
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

A re-versioning of Pete Seeger’s 1955 political folk song "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"

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©Heidi Stephenson, March 2017


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