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 kill
slit throats,
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, or lock in cage
to leave for drowning
with no space for turning
while trapped in hurricanes’
natural disaster’s burial—

we obliterate—

holding pleasure in exploitation
or in simply not caring,

of the links of animal to human abuse
and of hunting, sacrificing
terrors for our own purposes
as we claim top of food chain

in believing in our sole right
to do as we please
barren of empathy.

Animals without power
against our machinery
other than their will to fight
need our mercy.

I am a part of this extinction
for people’s sake.

My heart grieves.
I carry shame…
And pray.  

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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