It’s not screaming, they say, when there are
no vocal cords to scream with.
But sometimes when we can’t hear anything
it’s because we are the kind of planet
where death sounds don’t travel very far.
Every creature’s death sounds differently.
A lobster’s is air escaping a body
that has never learned how to shrink.
Like plants, lobsters always keep growing.
This is not supposed to be relevant.
It’s just that someone’s crustacean is
another one’s human – or was it the other
way around? Yet we can’t put aquatic animals
and humans in the same sentence.
We’ll say this is what our bodies will do
and with her body someone might
choose to boil a lobster.
Because no one knows if lobsters really feel
pain when they die, just because they can live
for almost as long as we do, getting bigger
like trees. Like diligent bodybuilders.
They only stop growing when you kill them.