I claim a place
on this planet
so do my sons
so do our cats
animals all we are
and intent on survival 
despite inhuman orders
handed-down from above
resist much obey little*
is my mantra
though I don’t 
resist my brain
and I do 
obey my heart
how can this cause hurt?
as well to remember
warfare is ever
our greatest plague
while the world sees fit 
to wash its bloody hands
of it
*Walt Whitman
Jeff Cloves
Illustration Nick Victor
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