Heidi StephensonIn Devon Fields
Animal Rights Poetry By Heidi Stephenson From All-Creatures.org

Poems of compassion dedicated to the non-human animals who share this planet with us and the people who fight for them.

In Devon Fields*
By Heidi Stephenson

To slaughter ‘houses’ babies go
Sent by their ‘farmers,’ row on row,
Killed for young flesh, sent off to die,
As grieving mothers, pour out eye,
Scarce seen or heard, through cry and low.

Theirs are the dead; short days ago
They lived, felt rain, caught sun below,
Loved and were loved, now terrified
In slaughter ‘houses.’

Take up their quarrel with the foe!
To you from bleeding throats they throw
The torch: now yours to shine - defy!
If we break faith with those who lie
In pools of blood, though grasses grow
In Devon fields.

* A reworking of John McCrae's famous 1915 war poem, In Flanders Fields."

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