Red-eyed White Rabbits

IN 2004 over 260,000 laboratory rabbits, and some 43 percent of those individuals were subjected to tests that caused pain, distress, or both, sometimes without any drug relief.

Red-eyed White Rabbits

Pickled snake skin
     with dehydrate rat bone.
Red-eyed white rabbits
     with broken upper ribs.

Spotless does in comas.

Black cats who
     hiss for seven years
     at distorted images.

Lot’s spilled wife lying
     beneath the top
     of a fallen ladder.

Syrup of Ipecac
     dropped in hyrdoxilic,
     abdominal acidic,
     autistic, vaults.

On a rubbery trampoline,
     duplicitous confusion.
Stalled in time and space.
     escape from millenniums.

Tempestuous winds abrade.

A glowing platinum plug
     in a tight denim pocket.
The nocturnal wail
     of an emergency vehicle.
A wire hanger abortion
     performed with
     callused fingers.

Shorn off limbs.

Young flesh
     kept from life,
     torn by raptor talons.

Composite filaments
     bond thoughts to fantasies.

Subterfuge and games
     trudge on Euphoria.

Impregnated with dubious gloom.


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Picture Credit from:  Advocacy For Animals

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on December 22, 2011, in D’verse Poets Pub, Poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Very powerful. YOu know they are stopping tests on Chimpanzees. K.

  2. Well done, this – effective… I shuddered all the way through, reading.

  3. How horrible…and all in the name of humanity. Where is the “Kind” in Humankind?

  4. Oh, my… these are some graphic images here. Very strong piece.

  5. I’m speechless…well done. Thank you for the thought provoking post.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  6. You paint some pretty pictures wrapped in gauze and pickled for posterity. But…… noted, thought provoking and well written.

  7. It was monkeys before now rabbits. I thought they learned enough through all the experiments the past decades. Pity they’re sustaining it even now! Great verse!


  8. Quite a frighening piece. You definitely got your point across well.

  9. this is frightening indeed…i’m glad they’re stopping these tests more and more..i think it’s a horrible thing to do – very powerful voice in this..

  10. holy crap that was vivid…wow…you set the contrast bar high with this one…great disturbing visuals…

  11. This is a feral, feral protest against the cruelty of a human science that has no sense of belonging to the larger animal tribe. That old Biblical injunction that man shall have dominion over the earth — its animals, his women — is part of the early species wiring, I think. Watch a cat cruelly and dispassionately play with its terrified prey til it dies — no sympathy for the biosphere there. But humanss in their consciousness somehow are far crueller in mining benefit for its own tribe. This one really hurt — right on the mark. The photo was terrifying. – Brendan

  12. Scary, sadly it is true.

  13. I’ve refused to use products tested on animals for thirty years–when I mention it to other people they look at me like I’m crazy–every single one of them needs to read this poem. It’s a sad sad world, and we’re a pathetic species sometimes, but may your holidays be the opposite, zongrik.

  14. Explicit, horrible images of what happens. All the more powerful coming from you, a scientist.

  15. This was a chilling and painful take on animal cruelty and abuse of weaker animals.

    Your message here is powerful and timely. Enjoyed this ~

    My share:

    Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays ~

  16. I detest the testing on animals.. very powerful words here..

    (Happy Holidays!!!-Lynne)

  17. starkly real and joyless, during a time when the perpetrators are seeking joy.
    reality laid bare in a poem on a hare.

  18. A glowing platinum plug in a tight denim pocket! WOW think of it.!

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