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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Jenny Moxham – A True Hero - 14 Jan 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

My husband Frank and I are Jenny Moxham fans. No, Jenny Moxham is not a “singing sensation” or “movie actress.” We admire Jenny Moxham for many reasons. First of all, she has the courage to live her ideals. She doesn’t use the responsibilities of a wife and mother to excuse herself from doing what needs to be done in this world. In our opinion, such a person possesses truly noble character.

If that were not enough, her poetry alone is of a quality that places her in the rarefied company of the world’s all-time great poets.

Knowing that there are fine people like Jenny Moxham in this fallen world gives this curmudgeon true Christian joy. I praise and thank the Lord for her.

More about Jenny Moxham:

Jenny Moxham has been a vegetarian since 1977 and a vegan since 1979.

She is married, with four children, and lives in Australia in the Dandenong Ranges (an hour from Melbourne).

She became 'converted' to vegetarianism after being saddened to see a truck load of cattle bound for slaughter and shortly afterwards, discovering that meat wasn't required for a healthy diet.

She tries to alleviate animal suffering whenever and wherever she can and writes lots of letters to the newspapers on issues concerning animal exploitation/cruelty and vegetarianism. She has put up library displays, taken humane education kits to local schools, attended demonstrations, designed animal-friendly Christmas cards, organized a campaign to have councils stop celebrating with fireworks and is currently working on getting compassion for animals into the schools and churches in her area.

Her first poem was written after walking down the street one Spring day and rejoicing in the beauty all around her ... and then realizing that millions of incarcerated factory-farmed animals will never know a Spring. She went home and wrote, They Will Never Know A Spring.

After that, various situations/events inspired her to write further poems.

Her song, A VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS won the Animal Liberation New South Wales poetry competition in 2000 and her poems have been published in various magazines and newspapers.

They Will Never Know A Spring
By Jenny Moxham Submitted by the author - 9 Mar 2004

As I walked along the street today

My heart began to sing

For I passed a mass of daffodils

And I felt the joy of Spring.

I marveled at the colours

Of the blossom everywhere

And it filled my heart with joy

To see the trees no longer bare.

Then I thought of all the animals

And no more my heart could sing

And I ached for all the millions

Who will never know a Spring.

I thought of pigs in factory farms

In squalid filthy pens

And I thought of spider-ridden sheds

Stacked up with battery hens.

They'll never feel a ray of sun,

Their hearts will never sing.

Locked away from life and beauty

They will never know a spring.

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