• New MacDonald’s Has A Factory

    Shruti Sareen

    December 28, 2016

    Rajasthan Police apologised to artists for damaging an installation of a polystyrene cow in November 2015. / Image courtesy BBC

     

    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    And on his farm, he has some beef
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    With no space to move here, and no space to move there
    Here a cut tail, there a hurt calf
    Everywhere a blood bath
    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh.

    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    And in his factory, he has some pork
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    With a pork pork here, and a bac-on there
    Here and there, production lines
    Everywhere hanging — you pigs dying
    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh

    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    And in his factory, he has some duck meat
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    With a swollen duck here, and a bursting duck there
    Here a cut beak, there a cut beak
    Everywhere swollen birds with clipped, clipped beaks
    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh

    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    And in his factory, he has a horse
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    Tied and chained here, tied and chained there
    Frothing at the mouth, here, there
    Everywhere— leather, leather
    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh

    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    And in his factory, he has some lambs
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    With a tail cut here, and a skin peeled there
    Here a fleece, there a fleece
    Everywhere— wires, fences
    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh

    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    And in his factory, he has some chickens
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh
    With cut beaks here, and cut beaks there
    Here a caged bird, there a caged bird
    Everywhere dead and dying birds
    New MacDonald’s has a factory
    Ayi-ayi-ayi-ayi-oh.

     


    Shruti Sareen is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Delhi on twenty-first century feminist poetry, and teaching at the university. Her poems have previously been published by The Little Magazine, Muse India, Six Seasons Review, 1 Over The 8th, The Chay Magazine, Ultra Violet, Scripts (LGBT journal), North East Review, Seven Sisters Post, Coldnoon Diaries, and Vayavya. Her short fiction has been accepted for Marked By Scorn, an international anthology on non-normative love.

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