Lynne GoldsmithBattery Cage in Blackout House
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Battery Cage in Blackout House
By Lynne Goldsmith

Ten to a cell (2 by 1½ feet),

forced molting, reduced light,
absent water/feed, freshness to breathe

missed sun, flaming earth not to feel
cracked bones, diseases, disorders
           (rotting eggs in oviduct,
           large eggs internally stuck,
           uterine prolapse) perhaps

infections expected can’t forget
skeletal paralysis commonplace
dismissed in stepped upon

to spread no wings—7 billion male chicks—
7 billion male chicks discarded yearly—
                      not to forget
           (gassed, macerated, decapitated)

multi-billion dollar egg-unfertilized business

of hens maybe given two years
of suffocated—oh, and not to forget
expected, same means of death
(one more method remembered)

of literal suffocations—male chicks.

©Lynne Goldsmith, 2020

battery cages
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