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I Never Eat What Has a Face

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I Never Eat What Has a Face

True earth 
crowded with the familiar facial form:
chalked on concrete
crayoned by children, 
squirted on birthday cakes, 
in camera with teeth all whitened, 
portraited, imitated, formulated. 

We don't wake up 
until we see it. 
We plaster it on 
birds or cats or pigs. 
We laugh and laugh. 
How much these creatures 
imitate. want to be us, 
replace us, take part with us.

We don't honor the fishes, 
except maybe the friendliest kind. 
Resent the arthropod,  lobster, 
spider, insect 
that appear to spite us.

Copyright © Don Schaeffer

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