Sunday, May 5, 2019

Poem for the Present Generation of Vegan Activists Peacefully Intervening to Save Animals

I am here now

            for the young vegan activists saving animals from slaughter

I am here now
because a young human
interrupted my journey to the slaughtering,
hoisted me over their shoulders
and carried me towards animation.

I am here now
my eyes dilating fast
to take in this extension
to life — and the blood of my kin
is a river never divided.

I am here now
because an intervention
drew out the length of my days;
the things I have learnt we have taken —
we breathe the same air as our dead.

I am here now
because the young humans
are rising peacefully from their screens
to step into the killing zones,
to bend down and lift us back to the light.

            John Kinsella

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