Elegy For Fluffy

IMG_8190.JPGStop this senseless violence

strong against weak

rich against poor

this dog-eat-chicken world

I can’t take any more

a lot of good chickens

have been eaten for fun

but the dogs just keep smiling

knowing not what they’ve done

tried to run, tried to fly

what’s done is done

we all die

but the means by which we die

differ a lot

sometimes it’s age

but sometimes we’re shot

and sometimes we’re eaten

by the strong and the rich

or like Fluffy the chicken

done in by a bitch

but the dogs aren’t aware

of the death that they cause

we are people, not dogs

please take a moment to pause…

 

 

Fluffy the chicken was killed today

in a violent attack

she was sitting peacefully on her egg

when the dogs came

and took her out back

and ate almost everything.

Our horse, Daisy

witnessed the death of Fluffy

and, though she didn’t know her,

she was still shaken up a bit.

When we found Fluffy,

there was nothing left.

I dug a hole,

planted a tree on top

and reflected

on all the beautiful memories

of Fluffy.

She wasn’t just a chicken,

she was part of the family

and she’s gone now

and we’re sad

but we’re happy for her

that she was so loved in life

and remembered so fondly in death

and that she will live on as an Ulu* tree

providing food one day

sometime in the future

as she has provided food for us

nearly every day

since we’ve been on the farm.

I wish that all beings could be loved

they way that Fluffy the chicken

was loved

and I wish that all beings

could be honored in death

the way

that we honor

Fluffy

the chicken.

Sadly, that’s not the case

in much of the world

for chickens

or dogs

or people…

but here on the farm

it is.

 

 

*Breadfruit

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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