"Speaking for Them"

I walked along the sidewalk
On a beautiful sunny day
My dog tugged on the leash in my hand
Leading me every which way

We passed by a herd of cattle
Grazing in the field
Their tails swatted flies in the burning heat
No shade to be their shield

My heart ached for them so badly
It seemed to me unreal
That the beautiful creatures in front of me
Would someday be a meal

People pushed right by me
How could they simply ignore?
These precious animals in front of me
Were fighting an unwinnable war

I stood a little longer
Reality reared its ugly head
The animals can't stop this
We have to do it instead

Author: Lauren Elizabeth Richards
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