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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

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Reunion

i am no longer separate from you,
because i do not eat you anymore.

let's face it:
i lied
to myself and to you.
i thought you couldn't know joy like me
or pain
or fear
and so i took from you the first
and so i dealt to you the worst
of the rest.

i am no longer separate from you
and i never was.

the illusion that we are not all connected
that what i do does not change what you feel
that every breath i take
does not breathe the air you breathe out
was necessary to my comfort
because i ate you.
i paid for you to die
i paid to eat your flesh
i paid to wear your skin, your fur
i paid for your mother's milk
i paid for the death of your child
i paid to have you housed in a cage
and tested with the things i bought.
how could i ever have done this
if i had known we were one?

now your grief is my grief.
my poor, bleeding one
my violated one
my dismembered one
my caged one
my enslaved one
my friend
my brother
my child
my self
i weep with you in fear
in pain
i weep for you in love
in deepest regret

and in gratitude
that we have been reunited.

LM
Canada

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