We’re Animal Lovers Through and Through by Don Matthews

A bloodies knife with smeared blood around it and a heart shaped piece of meat next to it
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How nice to see the farmer

Hand-feed his farm-grown cow

We get a nice warm feeling inside

Everything’s fine right now

Where the farm-grown cow goes next

We blot out from our mind

It’s headed to the abattoir

How very, very kind

Into the supermarket we do go

Along the red-meat aisle

See all the packaged body parts

How nice we say and smile

Before our very eyes we see

A cut-up cow in packs

Is this the happy cow we saw?

Being hand-fed way, way back?

We buy our pack of body parts

And cook them all for tea

Refusing to accept the fact

This happened ’cause of me

Our tastebuds are addicted to

Their fix of body parts

We don’t care which and where they’re from

We buy them at the marts

A disconnect we seem to have

Between the cow and plate

Don’t want know, we need our fix

What fix? What cow? What fate?

So have we given up my friends?

Disconnecting again and again

I hope we are able to live with ourselves

Putting up with such animal pain

I know we are animal lovers

Of that I do not disagree

But something doesn’t gel, it just doesn’t quite sell

When we cut up that animal for tea

Now a cat and a cow are the same

On this earth to enjoy without pain

But the cat becomes a pet while the cow you can bet

Ends up in our human food chain

Like a drug we’ve become so addicted

To meat on the shelving display

We forget the poor animal that gave up its life

To feed our addiction each day

Try detoxing yourself of this drug

Stay away from the addictive meat aisle

Try a lentil and vegetable nice cottage pie

Maybe steak just every once in a while

I know it’s not easy to do

But these animals do depend on you

To have a good life, no executioner’s knife

We’re animal lovers, yes, through and through


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Don’s poetry sheds light upon an issue that could be called hypocritical. Are only specific animals meant to be loved and certain ones meant to be devoured? What separates life forms into important and not so important? Some carrying meaning while they’re alive while others proving their worth when dead. There could be huge arguments for and against this. But if one just thinks on the most simplistic level, isn’t all life precious and worthy of thriving? I’m a vegetarian by choice though many are not. How about giving this poem a little thought?
    Congratulations Don!


  2. jonicaggiano says:

    I love all the little animated images you insert. This is a very important question, one in which we all have to answer by our actions. My husband is a pescatarian so I eat the same most of the time. However, I do crave a steak every once in a while, I can not lie about that. Nice piece and the comparison is so thought provoking. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Joni

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