Stolen Lives

Babies in bloodbaths, traumatic blunt force,

innocent blood shed on cold cement floors.

Victims of torture and slaughter and rape,

stuck in a holocaust they can’t escape.

But this isn’t war and it’s not a fair fight,

no Trojan horse showing up in the night.

This is your cheesecake and tiramisu,

the sirloin you eat on holiday, too.

Nuggets, salmon, brisket, and ham,

turkey legs, chicken wings, loins of lamb.

Your cozy wool blanket and sheepskin rug,

the pigs feet you eat while petting your pug.

One life gets loved, another gets stabbed,

and one gets her milk drained out into a vat.

One gets his skin stripped from his bones,

and upholstered to sofas to decorate homes.

His baby is stolen, strung up by his feet,

and butchered apart for his young tender meat.

Mind your dollars and to whom they go,

how they are used best assure that you know.

The next time you purchase a jacket or meal,

ask yourself whose life did this steal?


 

While I very much enjoy sharing this type of creative writing with you guys, I do want to make a couple things clear. I am not anti-war, I am not anti-gun or anti-weapon, and I am not against killing in situations where it is necessary and fair (be it humans or animals). There are certainly circumstances in which self-defense calls for violence, and I would never bring shame on those who use violence as a means to protect themselves, their loved ones, or their country.

I am a skeptic by nature, and writing, reading, questioning, and constructive conversation are what feed the hunger of a skeptic mind. There are so many blogs out there dedicated to pop culture, beauty, travel, and food; and while I enjoy them just as much as the next girl (or maybe not), this blog will never be a place quite like any other. This is not a place for coddled feelings, it isn’t for pandering to the majority or garnering the popular vote, and it’s not a bottomless well of cathartic self-expression. This blog exists to exchange critical thought and ideas, to expand on the ways I believe we can better the world and society, and most importantly to challenge people and get them thinking.

Thank you to everyone who follows and supports the work I share on this blog, and I look forward to getting on a more frequent and regular uploading schedule with a variety of content.

11 comments

  1. Thanks, Amanda. I wasn’t always a vegan: a daunting and humbling thought now. Discomfit irritates false comfort. You have an ability to challenge unquestioned loyalties and to recognize groupthink when you see it. Discomfit away 🙂

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  2. Incredible work, such strong and true words. To know I can’t protect all of them tears me apart, but that’s why I appreciate persons like you, who educate and spread awareness about this topic, even more.

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  3. This is beautiful. Would you ever be open to sharing this poem (or an excerpt) as a collaboration with an artivism piece to go with it? I think the expression is powerful and would love to combine some art to go along with it to share on social media. All credits would be clearly stated and a link would be provided! But if you do not want to participate- no worries. Just putting it out there!!! Love your poem.

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