Animals Have Rights


baby chicks go down the chute
of the grinder at the slaughterhouse
on and on as i sit at this computer
how can we do this
to our fellow beings?
how can we sleep?

it has been suggested more than once
that I stand trial with my clients.
if i have to, i will
for i too am guilty of eternal treblinka
i bought their bodies at Safeway and ate them
and now i sit here
with the news ends of factory farms
spread upon my desk

were it not for Buddhism
i would have turned inward long ago
with an anger that is cancer
to me and all around me

peace in all forms
light in all beings
remember- Larry