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In defense of the chook

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In defense of the chook



The chook defense

Now I’m no vegetarian
Though I’d like that this could be
At seventy I’ll never change
So I’m just stuck with me
And I really love’s me chook
In every kind of way
But now I’m in the mood I’m in
I just have this to say…..

If we’re going to eat these chooks
Don’t we owe them some respect
We treat them like commodities
But what I might reflect
Is, if we treat these creatures thus
That God placed on this earth
Then we neglect our very souls
And too our own self worth.

Those birds are treated so damn mean
How can one understand
This cruelty, are we then humane?
It don’t look too damn grand
And where’s the goodness in a food
That’s never seen the sun
So when we treat these birds like this
What damage have we done?

That chicken flue was scary, once
But who knows much at all
About the karma that can come
From things, unnatural.
It’s time for changes in this world
When dosh is not the ‘all’
And then humane might be a word
That’s truly wonderful

10 July 2013 @ 1301hrs.


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  1. Date: 10/24/2013 4:02:00 PM
    Thank you so much Bindu, I believe those Eastern beliefs are so very beautiful and so true. Most of my philosophy has come from the east. And Ramana Maharshhi is my very favourite person ever...I truly appreciate the time you spend commenting on my words...Peter

  1. Date: 10/24/2013 7:23:00 AM
    well said, Peter! an eastern belief says that you absorb the panic and the agitation of the helpless beings when they are slaughtered, when you ingest them...some of the karma works that way... I do wish more of the world understand animals better... thank you for this lovely write.

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 9:06:00 PM
    hey this is a pretty neat poem. I like how you are supporting humaneness toward animals. I had never heard of chook before. Is it a chicken?

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 10/23/2013 9:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh sorry for my little bit of Aussie lingo, yes Andrea we call chickens chook for some reason. I think if we are going to eat these poor beasts we might at least show some respect and give them some joy in life. Thank you for your comments, my freind....peter