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Gretchen Primack’s Animal Rights Poetry, Plus a Bonus Giveaway for the Flock of Animal-Themed Holiday Cards!

By Visiting Animal — October 23, 2015

rooster1We love  Gretchen Primack‘s animal rights-themed poetry and are thrilled to publish this poem from her Kind collection (with her permission, of course).

We’re grateful, too, for the beautiful, animal-themed holiday cards designed by Beth Lily Redwood that a lucky flock member can win today!

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by Gretchen Primack

Here was where
the bully could not reach.
– Greg Kuzma

Abraham was a rooster. He’d been made to fight. He was not a fighter.
He ended up in a basement with a “No one touch the killer!”

We brought him to the sanctuary. He loved peanut butter and jelly.
He loved laps and Linda’s pillow. He was not a fighter. He wanted

to be held by toddlers, phi beta kappas, grievers and
socialists and pop stars. He wanted you to gentle his comb

between your forefinger and thumb. It was a smooth, warm piece
of a smooth, warm Abe, and it blushed bliss. It was tender

like someone who has been as unloved as a chicken
and then as loved as a chicken could be.

He grew old and full of love and died, rubbing his head back
and forth, back and forth against Linda’s arm. We planted

coxcomb, a growing glow.


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