Writing To Further Animal Welfare

Had a bit of encouragement for my poetry recently from another animal welfare site                    THE ANIMAL SPIRITS which encouraged me to write the following poem/story after seeing a lorry crammed with chickens on the way to the abbatoir.

chicken leg

As we all stood by

the breath of a thousand young souls

leaking from hot cramped cages

as the lorries role into the abattoir

terror the common denominator

 As we all stood by

cage opens legs grabbed terror increases

wings flapping useless, voices screaming

bodies hung on hooks no chance of escape

moving towards there mechanical end

 As we all stood by

electric shocks stun, heads and wings hang

knives cut, steam scalds, bodies prepared

in automated measure all trace of life removed

prepared packed and chilled souls still departing

 As we all stood by

special offer today no more cheep just cheap

detached from reality the deed done for us

shielded from the responsibility of wielding the blade

we ask no questions, don’t want the answers

As we all stood by

Paul Svendsen

chicken leg


Comments on: "As we all stood by" (2)

  1. Powerful. I felt as if I were them. Empathy. If writing like this doesn’t stir the minds, hearts and spirits of the indifferent, I certainly do not know what will. Thank you for drawing from the inside of yourself to “bleed upon the page” . . . on their behalf. And . . . thank you for letting me know that I was inspiration to you, because it provides me with fuel to continue. Will reblog on my page. Many Blessings! ~Gerean Pflug, The Animal Spirits

  2. Reblogged this on THE ANIMAL SPIRITS and commented:
    Unless we draw upon our empathy, putting ourselves in the place of the other and understanding what they are feeling, we cannot connect. This poetry works to transport us into a place in which we stand in the same space “with the breath of a thousand young souls” eye-witnessing their suffering at the hands of men. What will you do? ~Gerean, The Animal Spirits

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