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Repentance of the battery hen

Updated on November 15, 2009

It's not a nice life as a battery hen,

all of the time spent cooped up in a pen.

Cold and uncomfortable, with air that reaks,

you do have companions but they cut off their beaks.

It's not a nice life, the hours are long,

no rest on a Sunday - what did you do wrong?

crouching there still, never seeing the sun,

it must have been grave, this crime that you've done.

But when did you sin? You can hardly recall,

you've been in this prison ever since you were small.

If you'd strength to reflect, you surely would find,

some grievous offence carried out on Mankind.

Egg after egg, you don't want to lay,

someone else is deciding - you don't have a say.

There must be a God - that must be the cause,

that your whole existence is no longer yours.

But tired as you are, you still cannot lie,

no rest for the wicked - that must be why.

There are creatures on earth that need not have love,

it's decided that way by the powers above.

But you shouldn't complain, you're not on your own,

there's others around with sins to atone.

they made a mistake and now they must strife,

for having been born so low down in life.

By living their days, a life without sun,

they're purging their souls of what they have done.

But next time they'll know - if they live again,

to never be born a battery hen.


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      PWalker281 8 years ago

      Very powerful way to get across your point!

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      Bea Elliott 8 years ago

      Thanks for speaking so eloquently on the bird's behalf... Chickens are really wonderful beings - if only everyone knew!

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      Real Estate Lady 8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Wow. I'm speechless. This was excellent.

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      Hillary 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Very thought provoking prose. Thanks for putting out this information. If the hens knew, they'd thank you. Congrats on your nomination!

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      Wife Who Saves 8 years ago

      Nice poem. Those pictures tell the story.

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      I love a poem that rhymes! Good job. and Congratulations

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      I love a poem that rhymes! Good job. and Congratulations

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      hannzach 8 years ago from UK

      I'm a chicken lover, and I think you've got right to the point with your poem. I've just written a hub on caring for ex-battery hens, and when I was doing the research I couldn't believe the way these hens are treated, I just hope these farms get shut down soon. A great hub!

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      apricot 8 years ago from Italy

      Thanks girls!!!

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      Laurel 8 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on your win! I love this hub!

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      GracieLinda 8 years ago from Brandon, FL

      Congrats! I am an animal activist and I know they do suffer. I have wanted to buy them from those people, even 2 or 3. I would have to keep them in my bathroon, oh well.

      The plight of the chickens for food is no better, probably worse. For any food animal it is worse.

      Keep it up!!!!


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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on your nomination! Great hub, btw, and there are a pile of poets on Hub Pages. Let's hear it for buying eggs from free-range chickens!

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      Rita 8 years ago

      GooD poem

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Powerful and thought-provoking piece. Congratulations on your HubNuggets nomination.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. Congrats on the nomination.

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      Laurel 8 years ago from Germany

      Great hub and poetry. I voted for it in the HubNugget Roundup.

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      philip carey 61 8 years ago

      This is one of the better ones on here. I like poetry that has form, and a unique thought.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I think you have talent writing poetry. Good luck in the contest!

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      retellect 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good luck on the nomination! I can't believe I made the list too!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Made me reflect about life and the questions that we too ask! Hmmmm...

      Congratulations Apricot! Fly into the Hubnugget sky with joy for you are a Hubnugget Wannabe! Yes, this hub has been nominated. Click this link to see it: Be sure to vote and promote! Enjoy!

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      As a chicken enthusiast I thought this was just delightful to read.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I truly enjoyed this. It really is sad to be born only to serve the purpose of another being. Thank you for a great and thought-provoking poem, apricot.

      Did you know that there are at least 3 chickens for every human being on the planet?

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      Ghost32 8 years ago

      Excellent do-over, Apricot. And here I went and bought eggs at the store today. Maybe I should do one about Refrigerator Eggs....:D

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      apricot 8 years ago from Italy

      Wow! A real poet - thank you for reading!

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      Colin T Mercer 8 years ago

      Hi Apricot

      Nice poem. I am a published poet and writer, The best advice I can give you is what I mention in my book. Poetry is for me emotions taken from my head put onto paper for the reader to read and transfer them back into their emotions. Its a tool like a painter you have to have alot of colours and then create a few more. No matter what grade your poetry is you can be sure that it is always unique to you and part of you that no one else could have created the same way.

      Finally always remember that Rhyming takes alot of talent and never use words that fit to rhyme rather use the rhyme to carry words that matter. We all learn every day no one is a Poet in full they area always serving their time learning but can use the title. :)

      Regards Colin T Mercer

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      apricot 8 years ago from Italy

      I know what you mean about chickens - we had them when I was little and spent hours just observing them. It sounds boring to a lot of people but they are so fascinating.

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      SoftCornHippo 8 years ago

      You are very good! Poor hens - I buy those cage-free eggs and still feel guilty. It was best when I had my own raised from baby chicks - it was fun, too. The hens each had their own personality and the rooster we kept was a real dude! If I ever get a chance I will raise them again. Thanks for this great and revealing poem.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      this is above good for a novice ....cheers!

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      apricot 8 years ago from Italy

      Thanks! I'll take a butchers (oops, shouldn't really say that after that poem)

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      QuirkyPearl 8 years ago from England - UK

      Take a look at Cris A

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      apricot 8 years ago from Italy

      Thank you so much for your encouragement! I actually wrote the first two lines when I was nine and then lost it - I suddenly felt like doing a new version.

      Now, can anyone direct me to some real poetry?

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      QuirkyPearl 8 years ago from England - UK

      Im no expert on poetry but you made a great effort, it rhymes and it flows well done. I used to have a pet hen, so it's nice you care about them.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      It is a sad, pathetic situation. Corporate farming borders on evil and is responsible for many atrocities in the name of profit.

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      poetlorraine 8 years ago

      poor creature. The fact you feel for them enough to notice their plight and write about it, is poetic..... It rhymes it makes sense,,,, i likes it a lot