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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Manifesto of a Militant Vegan Bio-Engineer [Today's News Poem (Sonnet), April 17, 2010]

Manifesto of a Militant Vegan Bio-Engineer [Today's News Poem, April 17, 2010]
“Pet activists from Austin to Corpus Christi and Victoria launched recently an emotion-charged campaign. They bombarded local politicians, animal shelter leaders, the newspaper and others with calls to ban the gassing of unwanted pets.”
– GABE SEMENZA, Victoria Advocate, April 17, 2010 at 2:15 p.m.
“Hundreds of dead animals have been found at a home in Marion County and another 400 live animals have been rescued”
– Victoria Benchimol, ABC Action News 1:32 pm April 17, 2010

Perpetual, the holocaust consumes
The lives of zebrafish, of cats in labs!
The monster made of claw and teeth assumes
That tender tendons, hair and muscle-slabs
Enjoy the murder. Meat is murderous:
The eating—true—but flesh will kill in kind.
Since eating's cycle's just too barbarous—
Because we love all life, we'll have to find
A way to replicate the paragons
Of living with sustainability:
The trees and other plants that drink the dawn
And photosynthesize with no hostility.
To always mate (like trees): what joy we'd bring!
To worship fire, first burn-up everything.

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Sandra Jaye said...

Absolutely exquisite and meaningful! Major kudos!

Khakjaan Wessington said...

Here is a comment I left on because they deleted this poem when I posted it:

"Speaking of chicken, I wrote a news sonnet that used this topic. I posted it here and they deleted it. Some Mission Local right? So local they delete local poets who write verse they find objectionable. Really local, because San Francisco has always hated poetry, right?

Your actions defy your name and brand."

See? Poetry is still dangerous.

BTW thanks for the compliment Sandra.