Driving fat piglets to the abattoir in his truck was his job,
Ignoring their squealing & whining as they sadly sobbed,
Piling them in at the farm & swiftly dropping them all off,
And then off for bacon rolls & tea, his daily breakfast scoff.
Deaf, blind & blaséd to the poor little piglets pink whinges,
As he slammed shut the truck´s death-knolled-door-hinges,
Then one day, unloading his piglets out with an urging shout,
All gone, but one little piggy with broken leg & quivering snout.
“What the hell, matters not, you´ll soon be ham bacon, & pork”,
But the pain in the little animal´s eyes soon stilled his selfish talk,
With care he lifted the hurt little piglet, scared, battered & torn,
And placed him inside his jacket where it was fleecy, snug & warm.
Our delivery man, with piglet in tow, made a visit to the local vet,
So treated, fixed & in a cast, the little piglet´s broken leg was set,
With mind made up, the delivery man went into work the next day,
Gave his immediate notice & asked his boss for every cent of his pay.
Piglet lived as a pet, happy & long, with the man´s cat, rabbit & dogs,
The delivery man got a job on the farm, caring for pigs, sows & hogs,
And never again could he eat meat, not pork, beef, poultry & lamb,
Thinking that his poor little piglet could have been his dinner´s ham.
The delivery man became a vegan & he saw animals totally anew,
As creatures who love & need loving & not ending up in the stew,
He thanked God daily, for giving him his life´s most valuable prize,
For guiding him to look into that sad, little piglet´s soft trusting eyes.
© Sue Lobo
Excerpt from the book “Wild Whisperings”
About the Author
Sue Lobo is the author of three books of her experiences in Africa, a poetry book “Africa My Africa” which is poetry reflecting African life in the terrible apartheid era in South Africa & “Lollipops of Dust”, her autobiography, of a child´s view of living in colonial Africa, in the Kalahari desert, with all the magic of what the old Africa had to offer. Her last book “The Last Dance” was published by Creative Talents Unleashed. She has also participated in eleven poetry anthologies with other very talented poets & has won a couple poetry competitions in Gibraltar & Spain. On occasions she has written requested epitaphs and elegies for families of departed souls. She is married to a Spaniard, with two grown up sons & presently lives in Spain. The sale of this latest collection of animal themed poetry called “Wild Whisperings” published by Creative Talents Unleashed will go entirely to Save The Rhino Fund.
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