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Cowschwitz of California

August 23, 2013
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wrote this poem today about the state of our world
once upon a time,
the truth was
almost known,
it was sort of real,
not by
text or cellphone.
right was right,
wrong was wrong.
then modern times…
whatever moral compass
there was,
is now gone.
now we are left
with holograms,
the “whatever i want
to bes, i am”
that tired old song.
a one note bore.
seems not too many
people care
anymore.
but those of us who do,
will stand up and shout.
the truth is locked up
and we will let it out

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Of Course Vegan

In the mid 1980’s, I had a job driving 18 wheelers half way to Los Angeles from the San Francisco Bay Area and back. Five nights a week, twice each shift, I went past Harris Ranch in Coalinga, California. At the time, I was reading up on European history and watching documentaries on the WWII Holocaust. As I drove by Harris Ranch and smelled the stench of the seemingly endless stretch of confinement pens where huge numbers of cattle were held, the term “cowschwitz” immediately came to mind. I often wondered why more people did not make the connection of these imprisoned animals to what happened to so many European Jews, gypsies, gays, disabled folks and others during WWII. But most people did not drive by a huge feedlot 10 times a week, especially not while learning about concentration camps. In those days, I was not vegan. I was not…

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  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    August 23, 2013 3:29 pm

    wrote this poem today about the state of our world
    once upon a time,
    the truth was
    almost known,
    it was sort of real,
    not by
    text or cellphone.
    right was right,
    wrong was wrong.
    then modern times…
    whatever moral compass
    there was,
    is now gone.
    now we are left
    with holograms,
    the “whatever i want
    to bes, i am”
    that tired old song.
    a one note bore.
    seems not too many
    people care
    anymore.
    but those of us who do,
    will stand up and shout.
    the truth is locked up
    and we will let it out

    Like

    • August 23, 2013 4:00 pm

      It’s absolutely perfect, you have such amazing abilities! Thank you so much.

      Like

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        August 23, 2013 4:08 pm

        You are so very welcome thank you

        Like

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