My town is rural; I can tell you
it isn’t at all unusual to see
a cat adored, or a dog beloved
as much as any family member.
Some animals are born as food,
some animals are born to work,
and some are born as companions.
Each has its role on the farm.
Draft animals work for their meals,
raising food for human needs,
for theirs and other livestock feeds.
Other breeds are raised to be eaten.
Farm folk know the difference.
While they may pamper those others,
they’ll eat them all the same
and feed them to their pets.