I'm thinking of becoming a veggie

My great grandfather was a butcher
And my grandad to,
My mum delivered the butchers meat
In a little van of blue.

My husband is a farmer's son
And we live on the farm,
His brother is the farmer,
We live a life of charm.

Meat's always on the menu,
Breakfast, lunch and tea,
Sausages, bacon, a nice bit of steak
It's in our ancestry.

Now the family are excellent farmer's
Their cattle are reared with pride,
All calves are kept with their mother's
Through the summer months outside.

But now it's time to bring them in
And the cycle must start again,
The young are separated
And I know this causes pain.

The bellows' are long and mournful,
From sheds they cry to each other,
The cow for its little calf
And the calf for its mother.

So I'm thinking of becoming a veggie
As I've really been distressed,
Listening to the anguished sounds
Has made me quite depressed.

The family are quite astounded
When I say "Let's give up meat."
"You're from a line of butchers!
Our meals wouldn't be complete."

The Sunday roast is a joint of beef
And I don't want to abstain,
As then the poor cow that it's from
Would have died in vain.

So maybe tomorrow, I'll go meat free,
Perhaps I'lll try it for awhile,
"You'll still hear the bellows' next year."
They tell me with a smile.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 12/30/2017 4:28:00 PM
Hi Elizabeth, I am a vegtarian for two reasons the first being that i hate the fact that animals get killed for me When I don't need meat, And secondly because Vegitarian diet is much more healthy. The human body is not built to eat meat. I enjoyed your poem, my friend....peter
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Elizabeth Kinch
Date: 12/30/2017 4:34:00 PM
I must admit I'm finding it difficult to give up meat entirely when we've been such a meat eating family and I'm the only one who wants to stop eating meat. I am having more meat free days though.
Date: 12/30/2017 1:14:00 PM
I enjoyed this poem, Elizabeth. I could happily be vegetarian, and my daughter recently became a vegetarian. But I'm still cooking meat for my meat loving son.
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Date: 12/30/2017 4:28:00 PM
I haven't cut meat out entirely but I'm definitely trying to have more meat free days.
Date: 12/28/2017 10:10:00 PM
Excellent rhyming narrative.. Could be a real inspiration for guys planning to turn vegan.
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Elizabeth Kinch
Date: 12/30/2017 4:28:00 PM
Thank you.
Date: 11/19/2017 4:33:00 PM
A heartfelt poem which I can relate to but I could never be a vegetarian full time but i do enjoy meat free meals. I was raised on a smallholding and we had chickens and pigs and goats - I wouldn't eat pork when 'pinky and perky' were slaughtered and the goats were sold and we did eat the odd chicken or two!:-) hugs jan xx
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Elizabeth Kinch
Date: 11/20/2017 3:35:00 PM
Thank you
Date: 11/19/2017 3:38:00 PM
This is a lovely and entertaining poem, Elizabeth! I love vegetables, but I'm not vegetarian, although I have cut down a lot on meat. Regards // paul
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Date: 11/20/2017 3:35:00 PM
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Date: 11/19/2017 9:28:00 AM
Hi Elilzabeth; I've been a vegetarian for about 20 years now and feel great~eating a lot of beans, veggies and fruits which helps keep me regular too i might add, lol! Don't miss meat at all; good luck to you! Great thought provoking heart touching write!~Che :)
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Date: 11/19/2017 1:40:00 PM
Well I've eaten some of my roast beef this evening but all I could think about was the hollering cows. Decided to give it up.