Poem of Animals on
By Tulku Pema Wangyal
for a tasty bit of meat, you think,
with fragrant spices...
for us that means terror and unbearable agony
you wrench the dear life from our dear bodies
an inferno of flames.
about it for a moment: in reality,
are cooking us alive.
are utterly terrified of the war with Iraq
are scared it's going to be a Third World War
true, it's very frightening-
we are tormented always by even greater fear.
Wise humans, listen to us for a moment:
really you are ravaged by famine and starvation
tortured by poverty, without even a stitch of clothing,
though to us our lives are as precious as yours are to you We
offer you our bodies and our lives.
if not, through kindness and love, grant us just this:
freedom to live in peace In places free form unceasing fear.
the thought of peace effortlessly take birth
the minds of all living creatures
upon and above the Earth
that the dawn of peace breaks forth.
all viciousness and aggression be pacified
vanish of their own accord.
all creatures without exception, great or small,
only to be happy and not to suffer,
they have compassion and kindness, the source of happiness
they be free from aggression and cruelty,
source of suffering.
Cow.... and P.W.
published in 1991 in the booklet Food for Thought by the Padmakara
Translation Group (PTG),
to commemorate the visit of H.H. Dalai Lama to France, August 1991.
Shabkar.Org with kind permission of the author and founder of the PTG,
Tulku Pema Wangyal.