Race of Inhumanity
By Lynne Goldsmith

An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org

Race of Inhumanity
By Lynne Goldsmith

With animals alive still, we—
in a host of ways—kill—
with zero mercy
slit throats, easily
skin coats, suffocate,
drop to boil, blowtorch,
beat, hang, electrocute,
shoot, stab, poison, slap, punch
slaughter, rip apart, experiment on,
deafen, poke, lock up, tie, set on fire,
strangle, paralyze, blow up, crush,
cut, starve, prod,
lock in cage to leave for drowning
no space for turning trapped in hurricanes’
natural disasters becoming mass burials—how

hunting and sacrificing
we are top of
named food chain
in the link of animal abuse
to human abuse

this global scheme of things
not changing
what humans do

with pain
I’m a part of the extinction

for people’s sake.  

My forthcoming poetry book, Secondary Cicatrices, won the Halcyon Poetry Contest and will be published by Middle Creek Publishing.  I have been a semi-finalist in The Nation magazine for the Discovery Poetry Contest and my poetry has been published in Spillway, Red Owl Magazine, Soul Fountain, Geronimo, Manzanita, Squaw Review, Parody Poetry Journal, Thimble Literary Magazine, among others.

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