When we talk to people about showing compassion for animals, sometimes they reply, “Yes, when I see a spider in my house, I let him outside.” That’s commendable but many of these same people think nothing of killing other animals such as a mouse. I wrote this poem to inspire people to extend the kindness they show for spiders to all animals. You won’t mistake it for the work of Robert Frost but I hope it causes you to take the road less traveled.
There is a mouse in my house.
That mouse should not be in my house.
How dare that mouse come in my house.
I’ll teach that mouse a lesson for coming in my house.
I will kill that mouse!
Do you realize that mouse doesn’t know he’s in your house?
That mouse thinks it’s his house.
Maybe you should not kill that mouse.
Maybe you should catch that mouse,
In a humane trap for that mouse
and let him out of your house
Be kind to every animal, even a mouse.
What’s right for a spider is right for a mouse.
Andrew Kirschner is a volunteer grassroots animal rights advocate and the organizer of the 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals. He writes for Kirschner’s Korner to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.