I am a Christian.
I believe in the creed.
I believe in Jesus.
But there is one thing I do not believe in.
Just weeks ago,
I discovered that some Christians firmly believe
That animals do not have souls.
"When they die,
They'll simply cease to exist",
My teacher says lightly,
As though it does not matter.
"And when you are in heaven,
You'll forget all about them."
Do animals not breathe, like us?
Do animals not feel, like us?
Do animals not love, like us?
Just give me an answer.
I look into my cat's eyes.
I see life.
I see love.
I see a soul.
Are you telling me that such a perfect creature
The only way I have coped with all my cats deaths
Is the belief that when I die,
I'll see them again
So this is why
The belief that animals do not have souls
I am sure that God meant for all his other
To join him in heaven, like us.
To deny me this one foothold from grief
Are we not animals too?
Will the blind that reject the other animals
Ever see with truth?
I hope they will.
Because animals DO have souls.