Brief Poems Vol VII: 117



Dawn’s gift ribbons pinken the sky. Soon unwrapped is the present of the Sun’s    
      alllighting presence.
Horses need their nostrils cleaned so that they can breathe. It’s hard to do with hooves.
How can pigs scratch their backs..They can’t reach them with their feet.
Voiceless lambs bound for slaughter can’t say that they have thirst
Dogs given laryngectomies in labs
so that they can’t cry their pain
Forest animals.. their homes bulldozed…Where can they go?
The crabapple tree weaves her
fruits for many a day only to see them drop onto the
pavement and be smashed. But the streetsweeper
gathered them and tossed them into the woods
behind his home, there unmolested to grow into new apple trees.
“Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”
was said of the Trojan horse.
Ignore cats bearing dead mice,
lest they think one approves.
The cheerful lift spirits  Bubblers are doublers.
The high tide recedes
Presents to all he deeds
He will return soon
with ‘gifts from the sea’
For the Good Shepherd’s pie
no creature did die
God bless the eyes of all sentient beings now. Bless every one each way and all ways, each day and always
 The FDA’s black box warnings on antidepressants is in regard to their correlation to homicides and suicides. Perhaps antidepressants should be called prodepressants.
 Daily newspaper writers, magazine editors, etc. do not have their initials carved into trees as a sign of love, but as a notice that they are guilty of arboricide.   10
Faith comes slowly dripping in after great pain, as pine needles quietly drip after a rain.
The lambs are shorn before they are shiv’d
Soldier children have died before they have lived
The Tibetan monk lay weak on his deathbed. Numberless times his servant the Wind for him turned his prayer wheel.
To the candle the flame gives entire yet never diminished is his own fire.
The sun does not set. It is the earth which turns away.  God never rejects.. It is humans who reject God
Beach footprints by tidewater erased. Snow footprints
by the sun melted away. Sooner or later God forgives all transgressions.
The Gita states that when the student is ready, the teacher appears.  We need not seek the sun. He comes to us.
Nearly all the fountain’s water falls but some drops are lifted by the evaporator sun  Sooner or later all souls merge in God.
Faster than God answers when His Name is invoked are His
responses to cries of agony whether silent or sounded.
From their hidden cloisters untimely ripped are oysters
 For their flesh or pearls, with or without them
their shells are thrown away where there’s no moisture  20
Near the hickory there’s skyblue chicory. Beneath the grey cloud cover, gold sunflower fields radiate.
Sky and earth reversed
Discarded pieces of a quartered baby lamb are thrown into the lambsquarters
The sunset dyed red cloud like a crime victim’s shroud
His soul silently rises, his spirit unbowed.
In World War II, did God select a thorn to remove a thorn?
Churchill the bulldog to remove Hitler the attack dog?
(Neither country was a 1 person 1 vote democracy. Both leaders were
involved in the bombing of millions of civilians)
He plucked a daisy from her plant and began to tear off
petals one by one..saying ‘she loves me she loves me not
she loves me she loves me not she loves me’
 but the daisy felt he loved her not
 Dick Van Dyke, Sally Jesse Rafael, Wayne Dyer
for a while they lived in cars. Jesus Christ, Buddha,
 Krishna.. for a while they lived neath stars.
 Classroom teachers reported that
 children who watched the 3 Stooges
 were hitting others on the playground
 like violent unaware scrooges.  27
 The country will be better without
 insider traders and insider traitors.
 He’s positive about everything and so found a reason to be grateful
about insomnia… it prevents nightmares’*  29
The biggest dippers:
Into meditation pools they dip
As they emerge with vision they drip
Into meditation pools they slip
From pure flowing fountains they sip
Congressman Andrew Jacobs used to quote ‘many eat the meat..
but few visit the slaughterhouse.’ Most purchase a hitman.
They delegate the killing to others when they buy meat..
He could pledge allegiance only to God, for he desired
between him and his conscience no earthly thing.
Nor would he kiss any bishop’s ring
nor do obeisances to any king.
The 1986 Senate had given vaccine makers
from lawsuits, immunity
Some thought that meant they could act with impunity,.
Delicate little snowdrop flowers, white flags of winter’s surrender to spring
Stabbing snow, smashing ice, shooting water, like invulnerable Spirit, water’s many forms are not harmed.
Poets eulogize the dirt of our planet made into mud after a flood, or the dry barren desert sands, or the cracked brown soil of a drought stricken land as Mother Earth. She is beautiful below the tree line only when she is dressed in green. 
Boxing industry agents, National Football League owners,  movie and tv directors who for a few moments of sensation send stunt men and women into death or serious injury, remind of the Caesars of the past who sacrificed gladiators to divert the crowd from serious problems through evanescent amusement.
Most religions and ethical systems teach we are to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, tend to the sick etc. When this is done in an organized instead of a haphazard way it is called socialism.
One cannot violate ultraviolet.
When members of the Audubon Society gather together and dine on dead chickens is it bird racism?
Pens release pain  41
When sheep are on a ship bound for slaughter, it’s never shipshape.
Maple tree seed..  grows wings… in freedom flies..
long enough her to spy…alighting by her .. he becomes rooted in love..
with no desire more to fly..
but only to grow by her side      (to L Seikel)
As effortlessly as a river flows into the sea did he merge into his inner divinity
Oh woe is me. I’ve lost the password to my email account bananananda
There is often no matter which political party is in control
more illumination in a lighthouse than the White House
We know that egalitarians eat eagles..
 but are not acquainted with omnivores. What kind of animal is an omni?
Human beings, the most invasive of all species, the one most responsible for extinguishing many species, are killing other species labeled invasive, such as Asian carp. The strongest most adaptable species are punished.
Those who stop mowing effortlessly protect
bees and butterflies, dragonflies and fireflies     49
The birds are known as ortolan bunting
Their species survival is threatened by hunting.
Their sweet songs were stilled
when they were killed.
Do most Pennsylvania writers prefer Pen-sylvania to Pencil-vania
Should cadavers of murdered cows, pigs, chickens, fishes
be buried in the ground rather than in human stomachs? 52
Your mission here on earth is not finished…. All beings need your light to complete theirs.
She asked God for water and for a cup…. God gave her a coconut full of dew and an outer husk.
Those who seek abolition of the death penalty are often unconscious that they impose the death penalty on cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, fishes etc.
Into the killing rooms, the animals are electroshocked. One slaughterhouse worker said while the mammals are still alive, their feet (hooves) are cut off.
It is the place in which livestock are murdered into deadstock.
The cows break down the fences to get to their calves who are separated from them to be butchered as veal. The mothers cry audibly for days.
While they are alive many dairy cows are pitchforked. After their murder, on the plate, their flesh is forked.
Why are those wildflowers called cowslips. Perhaps because when it rains, cows have slipped on them. She was a dairy cow in Ohio. On the mud she slipped.. and then split Her right legs went to the right and her left legs to the left. She lay in the mud for several days unhelped before she died.    60 *
“The unkindest cut of all” not to Caesar but to zillions of animals by knives cut… the coldest cuts of all… for cold cuts. *
The teen said she didn’t want to hear slaughterhouse stories… they made her sad… as she put a frozen slab of flesh in her grocery cart.
Not just sacred cows and calves, but sacred pigs and piglets, sacred sheep and lambs,
sacred turkeys and chickens, sacred butterflies and bees… all sentient beings sacred
On the wall was a murder chart of a cow marked with dotted lines, subdivided,
 drawn and quartered, as horrid as the victims of Queen Mary the first and
Queen Elizabeth the first in their torture wars against each other’s followers
The meditater had achieved a cloudless blue sky of consciousness…
 but attachment ever weaves its ties with new cloud wisps.
The falling rain
has alchemized into rising grain.
The sun weaves clouds in lifting water from the sea.
Sometimes he rains it back down on the deeps.


The new owner axed a whole row of  driveway separating 70 year old pine empty bird's nest rolled across the neighbor's

driveway... the shattered shells were splattered elsewhere


Olive and avocado, lime trees and lima beans

 are some of Mother Earth's myriad palate hues green.


How mysterious that her fractured heart

was a broken cup which could contain endless liquid love.


Flopping on the beach a ripped up sturgeon stitched up and healed
by the very kind surgeon and in the water set free
when the full moon sea was surging.
(to Shirley Weber)


Cruelty in biology classes leads to cruelty in animal labs. Dissection often becomes vivisection


The number of civilian deaths in bombings are often only estimated. The numbers of animals and birds burned or smashed in the bombings are ignored totally.   73


There is gun debate. Should or should not people be disarmed.

Meanwhile, trillions of animals have been dis-armed, in slaughterhouses now called disassembly or packing plants


Cannibals who eat people contract kuru, a form of Mad Human Disease


Turning hate into love is spiritual alchemy... reversing the magnetism of repulsion to one of attraction


Division and faction turn the whole into fractions.

We are warned that to every action there is a reaction but there is only good when the sun's ultraviolet grows nonviolent violets


Is every black man in America born... by skin color affixed to a crown of thorns?   79


Residents are treated like cattle (no cattle should be treated like cattle) in many nursing homes and

assisted living institutions. Many of these places are slowmoving slaughterhouses.


From a computer with a video screen thousands of miles away, generals supervise drone and missile slaughter, safe from repercussions, as if playing in a video game.   81


How oxymoronic to equate strength with equate masculinity with the love of killing. The truth is the opposite. Real men don't give in to violence nor do they need the trophies of murder... that is real strength


Earth retains the gift of rain  Its sweet refrain brings peace in train..Washed leaves. Trees life regain. Rivers flow. Peace remains.


All fishing is overfishing. Canadian seals are clubbed, Japanese dolphins are knifed, whales are murdered by Norwegians partly because these beings eat fish whom humans want for themselves.


The dog was starving, skeletal. When she walked in pain, she left pawprints of blood.


One said that the playwright put audiences to sleep, and meant something different than

the veterinarian who killed every stray brought to him for care


So relaxing, so peaceful to go fishing... because the human is not the fish, fighting

for his life, panic in his eyes, struggling against the suffering suffocation.


With a baited hook, the struggling fish is affixed, and then asphyxiated.

The bait is a deception directed at powerless innocents.


7 minutes and 46 seconds a policeman's knee sent his entire weight onto George Floyd's neck, blocking his ability to breathe. A horrible death from denying breath. The world opposes the murder of George Floyd. May we all also oppose the similar death imposed on zillions of fishes. Human beings are more valuable than fishes, but all sentient beings have a right to a life of breath and nonviolence.


Rather than call someone a liar, the diplomat says 'our memories may vary'.


To devour a lambchop he chopped a little lamb into pieces


Sometimes before they are killed lab animals fight.
They might their abusers scratch or bite.
Only human torture could turn a gentle rabbit into a shortlived warrior.
But human sadists in a lab have all of the might.    92


The full moon tide secedes. Seawinds subside, no longer assailing the sails.


Humane slaughter is an oxymoron.


It is human chauvinism to say that only humans can be murdered and that only terms

such as slaughter or cull are acceptable for animal killing.


Are cold cuts the coldest cuts of all


As piggy banks are sometimes smashed to free the coins inside, so little pigs' lives are

shattered so that the owners of butcher companies can sell their pieces for coins.


Emotions written out become tomes
Gradually they distil into poems

and finally reduce
into waves of Om's.


To those who love nature's wild place sanctuaries, the word overgrown is an oxymoron


She was cleared as a suspect

after the gun was checked by ballistics

and chemically tested

was the lipstick.


Not liked by sentient


are bulldozers and tractors.

Many humans too are their

de-tractors.   101


Over the waters lay
the dawn seamist
merging with his beams
when by the morn sun kissed.


 The flower keeps his petals
but his fragrance is for all.
The songbird keeps hepr feathers
but her songburst is for all.
The soul keeps within her body..
but love she pours for all.


Meat & fish profiteers and farmers kill US mustangs, coyotes, wolves, Australian kangaroos, Japanese dolphins, Canadian seals, Norwegian whales, British foxes, Indian and African elephants, nillions of Brazilian rainforest animals in thousands of species


He would not toss pearls untimely ripped from innocent oysters towar blameless pigs


He avoids medications whose side effects include
pancreatitis, headaches, nausea, vision blurred,
constipation, faint heartbeat, pain, or speech slurred.


Lent, a time to leave palm trees unmolested by the pond...

that waving in the breeze continue, their arms, their fronds


Death is not goodbye but au revoir, til we meet again.


There's power in your words to move the world


Apprehended thieves must usually return what they stole... unless they are Republicans and conservatives who won

a minority of votes and may keep the illgotten White House. They include John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, George W Bush, Donald Trump.


If one cooks for the rich he is called a chef.  111


May all executioner judges on the Supreme and federal courts read "Thou shalt not judge" and resign.


The antiabortion group sat down to a breakfast of eggs.


Most shepherds are not good shepherds, for they rescue the sheep only to murder them later.


In the restaurant window a bowl of chicken wings..... cancelled flights


Ranchers are called animal owners, a term objectifying animals into property


It is often not the illiterati but insensitive self described literati who are litter bugs  117




 (99.999% of dairy cows are murdered eventually. Many of them experience

lives like this victim's  )

A cow tries to climb out of the slaughter pit

Australian rodeo 2 videos of calves running far on a long rope.. jerked back.. in one case the baby cow's

  neck was broken before he was slammed to the ground.. in the other

the injured calf survived in pain


1, No butcher could serve on a 19th century British jury. It was felt that killing an animal desensitized one regarding violence to humans.
 2, Oysters are coprophagous or waste eaters… and as such are correlated to food poisoning incidents and anaphylactic shock

saiom shriver




View saiom's Full Portfolio

Sun Versus Dracula



The sun speaks no words
but his rays are sharp swords
piercing the evil plans
of Dracula's dance.

saiom shriver

View saiom2's Full Portfolio

Knighted By The Sun



When one waters plants

in the sunlight, each

drop is knighted by

the sun into a

magic wand

sending rays in all

directions like a sparkler.


saiom shriver

View saiom2's Full Portfolio

First Smoke, Then Mirrors



Mist as incense rises

before the dawning sun,

each wave aglow

with his light


As slowly the sun

ascends higher,

every tidal pool

inlet and bay

all creeks and streams

image his face of fire.

-saiom shriver-



View saiom2's Full Portfolio

Haiku and Hokku




Winter breathes coldly

A rose on new-fallen snow

Beauty in nature


White carpet without

Inside, the dog sleeps soundly

Dreaming of Spring days


Rain upon the window

Soothing, sweetly singing soft

As I write about it




Family stay near

Life's storms draw close together

What calm drives apart


Special together

As I concentrate on work

She watches TV


Fearing the future

She wraps her arms around me

And holds me tightly




Alluring water-front

Holding magnificent crafts

Warships now at peace


Men of foul language

Cargo brought ashore today

The smell of the sea


Moonlight on the waves

Horns of vessels passing by

A lonely gull cries


Yellow light


Too bright to see


Easing down


Preparing to sleep


A happy guy


Floating there


A lucky guy


Who doesn't ask why

View tsenumaic's Full Portfolio

Esseence of the Moon (Sonnet 1)



Perhaps you are the essence of the moon,
Shine bright, cut through the darkest, deepest night,
Beware of day as sunlight breaks your loom,
Fear not, grab hold, endure the day so bright.
You bring with you the beauty of the stars,
But lose the greatness to your sister bold,
The planets greet your sky, with journey’s far,
Often forgotten by your friend so old.
No fault of yours has it become today,
The orbits last and fight for peace of mind,
For when it comes, this light, price is to pay,
Your debts are covered they will come to find.
Fret not the views of those you have to pass,
For you become the one who has to last.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

My first attempt at a sonnet, hopefully with more to come!

View kjg12's Full Portfolio

Calan Mai Dydd (See English translation below Welsh language prose)

Seasonal Holidays:



Roedd gwl dathliadau Mai dydd;

Mae'r wyl uchod yn ddithlwyd, nghymru er mwyn arsyllwi. dyfodiad Haf. Nid yw Mai dydd yn coffau equinox neu hauldro'r.


Yn hyrach ei fod yn afeniad a ddefnyddir, Yn tan: tanua i droi buchesi gwatheg o chwater y Gaef; tanau i gynnau'r fordd er gyfer y gwatheg, tanau i lanhau ymaith clefyda a allai niweddio y fuches.


Tanau gyfer Baltan a elwir hefyd, yn Beltane: a fflam yn tan; ar ayfer defadau puro derwydden au Haf.


Gwyliau tan Mai dydd eu cynnal a rhwysg mawr a seremoni.


By Anita Griffiths (Welsh language translation)



Mayday Celebrations

The above festival was celebrated in Wales: in order to observe the arrival of Summer time.


Mayday in Wales is not to celebrate equinox or solstice.


The Mayday festival in Wales is a custom consumed in fire: fires to turn out the herds of cattle from Winter quarters; fires to light the way for the cattle; fires to cleanse away diseases that may harm the cattle.


Fires for Baltan also known as Beltane; fire and flame for the Druidic  purification rites of the arrival of Summer.


The fire festivals of Mayday celebrations were carried out with a lot of pomp and ceremony.


By Anita Griffiths






Author's Notes/Comments: 



The Welsh language is making a return in the country of Wales. Great. Although I am still learning.

View a.griffiths57's Full Portfolio

The Sun Rises


The sun rises

A puppeteer to the world

Allowing us to brighten ourselves

With itself, brilliant

The air lifting

A thieving sensation of sorrows

Allowing us to unwind

Unbind; resilience

The day faring

A warrior of progressive pleasure

Allowing us to dream

Supreme tomorrows