Feed your pets to the kiddies
after Philip Larkin
When Thumper draws his final breath
Will you prepare a rabbit stew?
Should Rover bark himself to death
Would you make Rover Vindaloo?
Pete the Pig would make you laugh
If he was pet not bacon.
He’d pose with you for photographs
Despite the lives you’ve taken.
Just to exist is hard enough,
Whether eating beings is right or wrong.
So fill your face with other stuff -
None of us are here for long.