A Cry For Help – Kajol Jain

All they desire is liberation

Kajol Jain’s excellent offering addresses the crucial issue of animal rights. This is a subject Kajol feels very passionate about and believes ‘there should be more awareness around animal captivity and measures to be taken to protect animals’. We are very thankful for Kajol’s decision to share her powerful poetry which contains a vital message.

Cry For Help

Caged yet free,

What an odd home of old plastic bottles

And sludge in their once clear water surrounds them,

Sharp ends on the sands – one wrong move and

It’s over –

Rays reflecting off of the metal bottle-tops

Their quiet pleas echo as they reach out desperately

But no one hears a sound

They mourn in silence.

A lone pigeon stumbles, a thin wire tangles

Pulling its foot tighter

And tighter.

Their indignant squawks – a cry for help,

Once free, they yearn to roam free once again, they seek

Freedom from their predator

Freedom from us.

Unheard, or rather ignored,

By the selfish individuals that abuse them

Tumultuous sounds as they quarrel with one another

Yet seek comfort in their shared suffering.

What are they, mobile machines for entertainment, tossed around?

Their pounding heartbeats

All they desire is liberation from the world

Why don’t we

Free them from captivity?

Free them from their misery.

Kajol Jain, Henrietta Barnett School, London

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