Who Are You?
By Elizabeth Farians

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SPIRITUAL AND
INSPIRATIONAL
POETRY ARCHIVES

WHO ARE YOU?
By Elizabeth Farians

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Look into my eyes...deeply.

I have the same breath of  life as you.

I am a living being, like you.

I am alive and aware. I have feelings and emotions.

I value my life as I struggle to protect and keep it.

I enjoy the breeze and the sun's warmth like you do and

I enjoy the coolness of the earth under my feet.

I am terrorized, as you are, by cruelty.

I cherish my calf as you cherish your child and

I grieve when my calf is taken from me and made into veal.

I feel pain the same as you do and

I ache from being kept continually pregnant, so that

I am forced to give milk beyond my natural capacity.

I want to live even when you have drained all my milk. Then

I do not want to be dragged to the slaughter house.

I want to be in peace.

I am "I," a subject.

I am not an object.

I am a "Thou."

WHO ARE YOU?