Poetry Day: Death Sentence Hypocrisy

Bengal Tiger

(I wrote this one after reading about an animal getting put down.  It had attacked a human that had climbed into its enclosure.  It made me think about how an animal that attacks people gets put down so easily, but humans who do the same aren’t given such treatment.  It just got me thinking about the hypocrisy.)

I heard a man yell out
About evil executions
He said we are all God’s children
Not one should be put down
Even if evil is their way


I thought of what he said
But not the way you think
If evil men are spared
Though they always pose a threat
Why are panicked beasts put down?


A man can tell what’s right
He knows what things are wrong
It is a simple choice
Yet many choose to kill
For reasons beyond defense


A beast lives to survive
Not raised to heed our rules
It bites when it is threatened
Not with an evil thought
Because it does not want to die


Why kill the ignorant beast
Without a second thought
When we refuse to kill our own
That knows the rules of man
Yet still they wish to kill

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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14 Responses to Poetry Day: Death Sentence Hypocrisy

  1. I agree with your thoughts, Charles. I can never understand eliminating an animal that is defending its way of life. Also, I don’t understand why some areas are reluctant to punish those who are cruel to animals. There are great laws on the books, and they should be used to bring these people to justice.

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  2. L. Marie says:

    What a sad situation. 😖 How did that human get into the enclosure in the first place???

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  3. Spot on, Charles! Sad and unfair and ridiculous 💕🙂


  4. I think you’re on point with the judgment that the tiger is “evil” and therefore should be killed. It’s something authors often do with characters, too.

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