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Seasons Lost

The Seasons came and passed again

Since last I heard your voice;

Many are the ways I’d change

If death but gave a choice.


I’d pick you flowers in the Spring

To show you that I care

And when you needed comforting

You’d always find me there.


The Summer breeze against my cheek

Like memories of your touch;

The love we take for granted

Is the one we miss so much.


Sunlight on the Autumn leaves,

Reflections of your hair;

Youth and beauty paid the price—

God often takes the fair.


Winter winds that chill the heart

And etch your stone with frost,

Whisper of eternal love

Beyond the years we lost.


—  ©  C. David Hay

Dog Lab

   1958 was a bad year to be a dog, if you were unfortunate to be one of the 400,000 sacrificed annually in laboratories in the guise of medical science. Some experiments may have been justified in genuine pharmaceutical research but many were futile exercises performed by inexperienced medical and dental students as basic lessons in drug reactions that could more easily have been learned from text books rather than vivisection.

   Many of the dogs were poor abandoned, homeless animals but some were obviously pets judging from the way they sat up and begged for food and water. They got neither. Unscrupulous individuals caught or kidnapped these animal for sale ($15) to schools in the dog-lab trade. Students were forced to execute them or risk expulsion. The flashbacks and guilt remains years later.

   I was reprimanded for giving water to a dehydrated hound and ordered to cease since "it was going to be killed anyway." Such cruelty was difficult to comprehend from instructors who were supposedly training us to be caring providers of health care. Hopefully, no humans were ever in their care.

   Professional schools no longer force students to participate in rampant, senseless animal experiments.

   I wish I could forget when they did.

C. David Hay

C. David Hay

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