Heidi StephensonOnly The Weak Man
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.

Only The Weak Man
By Heidi Stephenson

The problem is a long-standing association between hunting large animals and masculinity…there are deep-seated cultural problems in Western societies, where such behaviour should be unthinkable.
– Associate Professor Eric Jensen, University of Warwick, quoted in Cecil the Lion’s Death Reveals Americans’ Big Role in Trophy Hunting

And a response to ‘saint’ Paul’s infamous words:
"The weak man eats only vegetables." (Romans 14:2)...

Only the weak man kills;
Gets his thrills from blood spills -
Decimates, massacres.
Only the weak man.
Only the weak man hunts;
Substitutes the moans and the grunts,
Of the pleasured, for the dying.
Only the weak man.
Only the weak man destroys;
Unfathomable excuses employs,
Trap, bait, confinement exploits.
Only the weak man.
Only the weak man derides;
Mocks in contempt and divides -
Into “higher” and “lower.”
Only the weak man.
Only the weak man enslaves;
Dominates, subjugates…craves,
Devouring the flesh of another.
Only the weak man.

©Heidi Stephenson, August 1918

a bully
Image: Sue Coe

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