Butterflies's Poems to Inspire Transformation

M. Butterflies Katz is a passionate vegan advocate, a professional chef and a co-author of Incredibly Delicious: Recipes for a New Paradigm, published by Gentle World. Katz is also the author of Metamorphosis: Poems to Inspire Transformation, a book of inspirational verse rooted in the life affirming love and compassion of veganism.

In Metamorphosis, there are poems about both reverence for, and the exploitation of, nonhuman animals. The poems "We Will" and "A Truth Whose Time has Come" offer up positive affirmations of the vegan ideal. In the poem "Because I'm Female" Katz infuses veganism with feminism to show how the exploitation of cows for their milk is sexist.

Other poems focus on ecology and the interconnection of life. These poems explore the beauty and wonder of living in harmony with the Earth. The poem "Mother Earth's Plea," written from the perspective of our planet, starts with "Mother Earth" describing the ecological havoc brought on by humans. The second half of this poem is a plea for humans to appreciate what the natural world has to offer. The ecological concept of interconnection is expanded in "We Are All Entwined," describing the interconnection of all people to each other, the planet and other animals.

Many of the poems deal with the relationships of humanity,whether it be humanity's relationship to the Earth and other animals or relationships between people. Poems like "Humanity's Insanity" and "Tame the Beast In You" tie it all together touching on consumerism, racism, sexism, speciesism and other forms of institutional and interpersonal violence, each ending with a call for sanity. Other poems, like "Integrity" and "Love," make appeals to humanity's virtues and positive emotions.

Currently, Metamorphosis is unavailable in print, but Katz is looking for help to marketing the book and getting it published. Until then, the poems can be viewed on the website: www.veganpoet.com. If you would like to help get Metamorphosis published please contact Katz here.

"We Will"
by M. Butterflies Katz

We will always be mindful of spreading the word,
that the vegan ideal is the best we have heard.
Our love for the animals will guide what we say-
We will express what we know in a gentle way.
We will be the example of the truth that we teach,
so that people can witness the heights they can reach.
By maintaining our bodies in excellent health,
we exemplify a vegan's bountiful wealth.

We will share all the plant foods that vegans can eat;
all the vibrant colors; both savory and sweet.
With our food and our stamina being so good,
people will see that they haven't understood
how important it is for our diet to evolve,
and the planetary problems we could resolve.
For the vegan concept will magically bring
a multitude of benefits to everything.

We will strive to expand our heartfelt compassion
until loving animals is world-wide fashion.
We won't pay for by-products like "blood and bone",
but will make our gardens "veganically" grown.
We will read the ingredients before we buy
Our dollars won't ask for an animal to die.
We will oppose cruelty with each passing year
until all the animals can live free of fear.

We won't give up until that longed-for day arrives
when it's inconceivable to exploit other lives.
There will come a time, when people will wonder how,
man could earn his "living" by slaughtering a cow.
We will bring about a gentle and new age
where the innocent are free from all human rage.
We will be vegan and usher in a world of peace,
heading for that time when speciesism will cease.

"We Will" is reprinted here with permission from the author -- © 2005 Marcia "Butterflies" Katz.