Lotus symbolically represents karma in many Asian traditions.
Photo of this lovely Lotus Flower by Peter Griffin

You can hunt them.

You can trap them.

You can kill them.

You can butcher ‘n eat them.

You can confine, torture, ‘n mutilate them.

Do it in the name of fashion, sport, science, ‘n pleasure.

Go to church on Sunday and boast of all your treasure.

You can adorn yourself, your halls, your walls, your tables, ‘n all

with furs, feathers, leathers, trophies, ‘n rumps of roast.

Yes, do with them as you may!

For today . . .

‘cause near the end,

There’ll be hell to pay.

When Karma (or whatever) calls you out,

in golden years or there about.

You’ll grow fat, obese, ‘n suffer the gout.

Your heart will spit ‘n sputter, stroke ‘n attack you.

As your mind—always a bit behind—

quickly melts away like a spring snow.

‘n your hands begin to shake.

‘n your skin turns ugly ‘n gray.

‘n your hair goes away.

‘n your balls shrivel up.

‘n soon you’re laid up.

‘n tubes poke in ‘n out,

‘n debts began to mount—

day in, day out—

just to keep a wretched ass alive.

You, such a pathetic cockalorum.

Come soon you’ll hope to die,

‘n all alone, frightened ‘n cold

you’ll wonder why Death so bold!

would do a God-fearin’ soul this way.


  1. Really appreciate the profound spiritual message laced with what seems to be your wicked sense of humor, Peter. I felt like there were multiple layers and textures happening to me the reader at once. What a great poem.


  2. Hey there… I like your poetry…. I was at your blog & saw the random quote, and it read:
    “Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are like us.’ Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: ‘Because the animals are not like us.’ Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
    — Professor Charles R. Magel”

    I just thought you should know… they experiment on humans too, far more than you’d expect.



    1. Thanks for stopping by Mu. I am aware that humans are experimented on–yes perhaps more than I suspect. We all are, to degrees. However, this doesn’t lessen the villainy of experimenting on animals. In fact, I hold it more contemptible to advantage the disadvantaged and pure of heart.


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