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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Lobster’s Question

What makes you think we lobsters can’t feel pain?
You plunge us headfirst in your cooking pot -
Isn’t it time you tried to be humane?

We’re not vocal, we can’t scream as we’re slain,
heated from cold or tipped in boiling hot.
What makes you think we lobsters can’t feel pain?

You bind our claws. We wave, to make it plain
we’re in distress, but we’re in your blind spot.
Isn’t it time you tried to be humane?

Cooks slice us alive, stab us in the brain,
rip our limbs off. This hurts an awful lot.
What makes you think we lobsters can’t feel pain?

Don’t you think such cruelty is a stain
on your humanity? Be kind. Why not?
Isn’t it time you tried to be humane?

We’re tasty, give you pleasure. Have a grain
of pity for our suffering; just a jot.
What makes you think we lobsters can’t feel pain?
Isn’t it time you tried to be humane?

© Sue Norton


Sue Norton has had poems published in various magazines. She was a prizewinner in the 2017 Rialto/RSPB Nature Poetry competition.

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