Cross-posting appreciated: "The Children of Pan"
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> > THE CHILDREN OF PAN
> > Copyright Jim Willis 2002
> > http://www.crean.com/jimwillis
> > The children of a lesser god,
> > live lives encased in steel,
> > they sign, but no one sees them,
> > they cry, but no one hears.
> > Some are mocked in costume,
> > some imprisoned as pets,
> > and many receive viral injections,
> > as Man observes lethal effects.
> > Their cages they may rattle,
> > but all to no avail,
> > their captors lack compassion,
> > and none will post their bail.
> > Their punishment a lifespan,
> > approaching human years,
> > Their crime a humanoid form,
> > with human toddlers their peers.
> > They feel, they think, they suffer,
> > for reasons they don't understand,
> > or was it just fortune's folly,
> > being born the closest cousin of Man?
> > They dream of a life unfettered,
> > of trees and hugs and games,
> > they'd plead their case if possible,
> > these symbols of human shame.
> > How long will their sentence continue,
> > while behind closed doors they're kept?
> > Is it any wonder in Olympus's halls,
> > their benevolent god Pan wept?
> > *****
> > Dedicated to the thousands of chimpanzees and
> non-human primates
> > imprisoned by humans, exploited, forced to live
> lives of servitude, and
> > tortured in laboratories. Many of us weep with you
> and plead for your
> > freedom.
> > For more information, please see:
> > The Jane Goodall Institute:
> > and links from the Chimpanzee and Human
> Communication Institute:
> > http://www.cwu.edu/~cwuchci/chci_links.html
> > Recommended reading: "Rattling the Cage" by Steven
> > *****