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A Cruel Experiment
by Chanti Niven

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
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An allegorical piece. Derive your own conclusions.

I can't get the image of
two monkeys out my mind
deprived of their senses
deaf, dumb and blind
Separated as it were
by a pane (or is it pain?)
of glass, trapped inside
and yet reaching still
across the great divide.
One sick monkey
fingers outstretched
watches her mate
sees him thumping his chest
Guttural cries emitted in grief
He feels her being raped
by cruelty beyond belief
and is helpless
but to rant and to rave
Beaten by circumstance
awaiting the grave
Helpless monkeys
so near and so far
might as well be experiments
floating in a jar...

Chanti 2005

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Reviewed by Quanda Graves 12/12/2008
This is eyes overflowing with sorrowful tears sad. There really is no other way to describe it. While you have expressed perfectly the pain that you can only imagine that they feel, you bring to us in overwhelming words that are truly heart wrenching real. Great yet sad write... :(

Reviewed by Scott Tacke 2/16/2008
As with another piece you crafted on this subject matter, your words are so powerful, yet pleading; to express both so effortlessly is a tribute to your style. Being a lover of all animals, these peices touch me at a very intrinsic level. I would be completely in support of a new PETA campaign using your verses as an attempt to awaken more people to the abuses of our fellow creatures. As always,...riveting!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/20/2005
powerful emotive write
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 9/5/2005
The cruelty of mankind reaches far beyond the realm of animal testing. I believe the greedy are in control. Pierre
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/23/2005
My heart goes out to those abused monkeys. A moving write that touches the hearts of many.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o(
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/19/2005
Thanks! for speaking out on this cruelty Chanti- So sad and so real in this life- I hope other cures are found very soon-With research being so well known and all- This straight out theya' Life- a sadness being deeply felt- Great Poem Chanti-- Miss hearing from you by the way- Hope al is Serene within- WArm HuGs2U-Peacefully,Sheee
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 8/18/2005
Chanti sis, please don't think me too bold. But I have a re-cap to show you just how this particular poem fits my life to a custom made tee.

I can't get the image of
a little girl from my mind
deprived of her defenses
separated from her friends
threatened and beaten by those unkind
forced to suffer unspeakable pain
in a place where she is hidden
and yet for freedom reaching still
from across the great divide.
One sad little girl
arms outstretched for a hug
watches her freedom wane
as she crumples on her bed and cries.
Gutteral cries emitted in grief
she feels herself being raped
by cruelty beyond belief
and is so helpless
but to rant and rave.
Beaten by circumstance
awaiting her freedom to come
a helpless little girl
sees her future as dark and bleak
that she may as well be an
experiment floating in a jar...

Sis this shows how poetry written can be talking about our lives in a very round about way. Your poem so reminded me of the dark days of my inncocence so cruely stolen from me, by jealousy, hatred, and abandon. Thnx for letting me share my version with you sis. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, stubborn to a fault, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sad sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I may as well be."

Reviewed by Roger Ochs 8/18/2005
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 8/18/2005
You've hit a nerve with this provocative poem, Chanti, which assures us it's a strong write. Thank you for your kind words on my work. Much love, Nordette.
Reviewed by jude forese 8/17/2005
soon they'll be doing it with clones ... what a world ...

you get your point across quite effectively ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/17/2005
This is truly sad!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 8/17/2005
Powerful and so sad!

peace, Carole
Reviewed by William Bonilla 8/16/2005
Powerful piece
sad ending to the subjects at hand

William ......Peace & Love
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/16/2005
It is horrifying what is done in the name of advancement. Gut touching write.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/16/2005
This is disturbing and provoking in much-needed and agonising ways, Chanti, and it's good to be reminded time and time again of the costs - often "hidden" or at the very least "veiled" - and the high price with which our taken-for-granted provisions, health and freedoms are bought. Just the visual alone churns the stomach. The knock-on of having to consider the issues you lay so deftly before us is that before too long, my weak brain has to switch off again before my mind starts spinning into all the implications and analogies that can be drawn. It's like you poetically pull the end, very gently, very sensitively but oh so firmly, of a gigantic ball of unsavoury twine - good for you, and not in a heavy-handed way, either. This is impressive. And, as usual, I am just totally blown away by your wholehearted appreciation and support of my work. You are an absolute angel! Mwahs xx !! TY LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/16/2005

Deep pain in this one--but thank God for medical research. Look at the advances in life expectancy, the cure or diminishment of many diseases...however, a bold, thought provoking write, effectively and very well written.

(((((HUGS))))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Paul Williams 8/16/2005
Extremely sad and depressing that other alternatives have not been found.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/16/2005
I agree wwith you Chanti, it is sad, and I wish they could find another way. However I also wonder where I'd be right now without the drugs that have saved my life, if there hadn't been animals to test them on. It isn't easy to think that they may have died to give me life, but we don't think like that when under a surgeons knife having heart surgery;-) It is a dilema, one I pray can be solved one day. Excellent write.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/16/2005
This speaks volumes of the cruelty still being perpetuated to animals in the name of research and the promotion of new products. bold write Chanti.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/16/2005
so heartbreaking! but very well done! god help our animals....

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/16/2005
So deeply sad. I feel like one of the monkeys right now. Better to be a monkey than a human as far as I am concerned. Less guilt. More pain I guess. But that's okay. You, as always, get your point across dear Chanti. Love always.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/16/2005
Far too sad, and I believe unnecessary. Many of we humans like to deny that we, too, are animals on this planet. Yet if we are so different from these creatures, what can we possibly learn to benefit us that would be worth such cruel treatment? But on the flip side, if they are like us, should we condone torturing one of our own?
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/16/2005
Yes, it is a sad image to think about and I really don't like too think about it all that much, because I abhor cruelty to animals. Still, you must admit that through research much has been accomplished at the expense of these poor creatures and we benefit daily because of it. Does that make it right? In the long run, yes. Does that make it right? In the immediate we hate to think so because of what they are subjected to. A poem that causes us to pause, reflect and wonder if there couldn't be a better way. I think not. You must try out these "miracle" drugs before you can give them to the public.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/16/2005
Human inhumanity..
Reviewed by June Thompson 8/16/2005
ooh this is sad...
good points made through out
freedom of speech is a wonderful thing
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