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.
A 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
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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