"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Roulette; A Poem for Animals

This poem was written by a reader of the blog, House of the Discarded. It is so true and hits home for all animals. Please, think before you decide to bring an animal into your home. It is a lifetime commitment. And it is not ok to get rid of it because you're going on vacation or having company for the holidays. And remember all this too before you decide an animal wrapped under your tree is a cute idea!

Christmas Roulette

By: Kristen J.

Red and green stringed beads,Deafen ears once alert For the true souls in need.

Wide eyed and sweet,Once just a kitten at play,Has worn out his welcomeand can no longer stay.

Family time is coming;Turkey, stockings and snow.Too many guests in the house,He will be the one to go.

Kids have lost interest,A new dog is in store!The reasons are endless,He matters not anymore.

The entity of convenience;A commitment on sale.To Kijiji a loved one,Once they become stale.

In the crate he goes,A tearful goodbye even made.The memories are many,But too quickly do they fade.

“Don't worry” promises mom“He'll get a good home soon”.But he is left at the shelter,Heat is low, darkness looms.

The family is in bliss,“A good home” they had said.And still he sits at the shelter,crouched on a newspaper bed.

In fear and terror he sits,The cage so cold and black,He watches the door intently,Sure his family will come back.

Green eyes once so brighthave dulled with passing days.With confusion setting in,Ever vigilant, he still waits.

With empty promises of liesthe family has eased the load.But no happy home awaits,No fork at this end of the road.

He bears no ill-thoughtsNo anger or blind rage.He just wants to understandThe events leading to this cage.

With but one simple thought,A loved companion so easily goes,Blind illusions ease the guilt,And dim the lights on death row.

A new kitten for Christmasmarks where this tale started.But home for Christmas turnedhim to the House of the Discarded.

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