Poem - Are We Worthy Of Their Life?

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The sheep walk the fields
Unaware of their impending doom
Rustled by a barking dog
Swept along like dust on a broom
Slowly walking in a dreamy haze
The sun provides a moment's respite
Happiness masks tomorrow’s uncertainty
Oblivious they know not to be desperate
A banquet at their feet
Digesting their way through life
Swirling, ritualistic endeavors
Instinctive, unthinking actions are rife
Dancing on a precious patch
Herded, prodded, shoved
Head down for the moment
Do they know they are unloved?
A symbol of inevitability
I watch with idle curiosity
What is the point of this?
Other than to inspire verbosity?
Are we worthy of their death?
Or their aimless existence?
As I walk away to another duty
The answers are whispered in the distance…

 

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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Always such a nice flow of text you give. thank you for sharing. Are the whispers ever heard?

smiles :)


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leni sands 5 years ago from UK

I have similar thoughts when I travel home from work on our little country bus - I see the animals - sheep and lambs, cows and their calfs, hens and their chickens, ducks and their ducklings - even the pheasants... and I wonder if they ever become aware of their impending doom...do they recognise the smell of death when they head for the slaughter house. How do they feel when they are loaded into the vehicles...It often crosses my mind how cruel their world is...great poem summed it up nicely for me!


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Even when it is sad, it is beautiful. Great poem my friend.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

I couldnt help smiling as I was reading this, [note: not for those poor sheep being herded to their eventual slaughter] but because the word 'sheeple' [sheep+people] came to mind.. so I was relating this poem as a metaphor to those who walk around blindly, never questioning their lives, their leaders, their purpose etc..

hmm.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@bella - thank you... it's just me thinking the answers are all there but we can't see or hear thwem because we are so wrapped up in superficialities...

@leni - thank you... yes I think about them and I think about humans.... it's seems we share the same fate...

@Rhonda - thank you... I don't mean to be sad... I guess sadness or anxieties are easier to write about...

@Ashantina - thank you... yes I've heard that word and it is funny but unfortunately an accurate description of so many people... this poem can be taken literally or figuratively... you decide...


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

I was also smiling as I was struck by the commonality of your sheep and some aspects of the human condition. I like it very much, and look forward to reading more hubs by you.


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claptona 5 years ago from Earth

Nice poem, Suburban.

Enjoyed the read and the thoughts it evoked.

Cheers

claptona


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@K. Burns - thank you... yeah we're all doomed!!!

@claptona - thank you for commenting!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Interesting thoughts...but we could apply these same thoughts on all God's little and big creatures...and become, vegetarians??? NOT! Only playing a little with you...nice poem.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

The way you feel things and are able to put the feelings into words never cease to amaze me. It really does inspire me to look at things differently. Looking forward to the next one.


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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

Thank you for sharing. I love this poem. It is sad but beautiful. I love the metaphor but this also reminds me of how animals are treated.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@b. Malin - this wasn't a comment about being a vegetarian... it was more along the line of "what are we doing?" Plus their is the parallel to our own fate...

@Dee - thank you for the flattering remarks... I hope I can retain your interest...

@amymarie - thank you... yes, it's sad... it can be viewed on several levels....


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CheyenneAutumn 5 years ago

In the grand scheme of things we all both the feast and fodder. In our arrogance on our self erected pinacle we fail to notice the common fate. With mankinds help or interferance we both encourage life and take it. Ants in nature "farm" aphids - seems we are not all in all.

Thank you for a thought provoking poem. I will visit this and you again, you always inspire thought.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

The metaphor was ringing true through the whole thing. I am not a sheep, but a monkey, I declare! or would like to declare. Great hub!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Cheyenne - thank you once again for the kind and thoughtful remarks. Yes we are the executioner and the condemned... We play god yet we are merely sheep awaiting the slaughter... but by whose hand? Life's? Our own? God's?

@Erin - thank you... a monkey eh? I wrote one called The Monkey Farmer.... it seems maybe we are just monkey's.... somewhat more evolved but still far short of what we could be....


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Those sheep are not unloved! They are God's Creation and a symbol of God's Flock. If one should go astray, then the Shepherd- Jesus- stops to go for the one. We in turn demonstrate an understanding of that-- when we show concern for our fellow brother- one who may need direction to stay the right course of life.

Remember, God's original plan for Adam (Man) was to tend to His Creation. He put those creatures on earth to enjoy and not to destroy.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@CMCastro - thank you for commenting... showing concern seems to be the answer.


Marina Lester 5 years ago

We should think about these things. But of course we don't for the longest time, because it's just something we do, what our mothers fed us. I later made the choice, my boyfriend also to become vegetarian. Repulsed from watching the reality of slaughter shown on a documentary. It's not for me to say whether it's right or wrong, I don't know. Nature does it. But I knew I wouldn't kill for a stake, and if I couldn't look the animal in the eye than I have no right. Well, that's my opinion. I don't judge those who don't agree, the beauty of choice. I do it equally for health, Einstein said our mistake in diet was animal proteins. There's a lot of evidence around to support vegetarians also live longer. Sorry if I ranted a bit. This poem was really cool, your work is often so wonderfully thought provoking, which why I voted it 'useful'. Love the line "Swept along like dust on a broom" goes well with the photo. :) Keep it up!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Marina - thanks for the comment... this one can be teken on several levels... it's all vslid. I'm not a vegetarian but I eat "right" and work out... I'm glad you aren't judgemental about carnivores... I think everbody knows animal protein/fat contains lot's of cholesteral but it takes a lot of discipline to eat correctly. Food satisifes the senses and provides comfort to a lot of people who have noting else going in their life.... but that's another story... I appreciate everything you say....


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

You want to live forever..? All things in moderation, that's my mantra...Gimme those sweet lamb chops, hot off the BBQ, the fillet Mignon done medium rare with a pepper sauce, ham and eggs ( made for each other ), veal Scallopini with green peppercorns, lovely braised rabbit in a garlic butter sauce, and who can resist a bacon/cheeseburger with sliced avocado..? I have at least one of these treats every week, mixed in with fish, chicken, and turkey...Genetics and moderation control longevity, not strict diets...

You ask " Are we worthy ? "...Is anything worthy of whatever..? It's not a question of worthiness, its about pleasure, the hedonistic pursuit of taste...It's also a question of affluence...The less affluent do not have as many choices as the more affluent in this world...To attach any moral equivalency to vegetarians vs omnivores is to ignore the choice of taste, which is wholly subjective...

" A banquet at their feet, digesting their way through life "...Wonderful imagery and sweetly poetic...The fact that you would ponder these images in your beautifully literate prose speaks to the questioning soul and sensitive heart of the poet within...Thank you, my friend, for another thoughtful and beautifully composed prose poem...Larry


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Maven - I'll take your comments in reverse order. Thank you for the kind remark about the imagery. Anytime I'm out and about (especially alone) I take the time to absorb the environment around me and try to see what I can see... but not the obvious things... the deeper things... How things are interrelated and how they can teach us about ourselves. I'm not saying "I get it" everytime but I look for it, you know?

As for food I'm sure you will be proud that I had a greasy old hamburger last night. I just pace myself. This did not start out as a vegetarian piece but as does happen at times words take on a life of their own and sometimes are used in a way that was not initially contemplated. And if so, then I'm ok with that....

Thanks again for the awesome comments you leave!


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

In your poem I see the description of mankind, ever wandering, herded by our modern day shepherds in authority. Never questioning their direction doomed to endless following into oblivion until death.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@pmccray - thank you and yes, what you say is there in the words if one cares to see them...

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