Meat

I walk to the corral

Outside Antonio

Clears gravel and sand

From an area the size

Of a sheep

And digs a small hole

On one side

 
I follow him through

The pallet gate

And stand by

While he finds

The one
Roughly he grabs it

Holding its forelegs

Walks it to the gate

Through and onto the ground
Tells me to tie the legs

And I fumble

He gets tense, tenser

I continue to fumble,

Bastante, says he,

Enough
I hold the legs together

Tight
Antonio draws the knife

Clean over the neck

Again and again
Fire ignites in the legs

I can’t hold on

And the movement is wild

Spastic
We step back

And the small hole

Becomes a red puddle

And the bloods seeps in sand

Like water to the aquifer
I feel so grateful

For the life of this sheep

For the meals it gives us

For the cycles that brought

Us to this moment of siege

The taking of life
Then it is still

And we put the fluffy

Thing in the wheel barrow

To bring it over to

The butcher table

And the sweet birds

Sing the funeral song

As the day begins

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  1. REPLY: Gorgeous poen.

    Going crazy in intensive course to join NET, Neighborhood Emergency Team!!!

    Off to Seattle this weekend.

    More later when we get home!!!

    Much love Tita

    On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Poetic Cartography wrote:

    > galenhecht posted: “I walk to the corral Outside Antonio Clears gravel and > sand From an area the size Of a sheep And digs a small hole On one side I > follow him through The pallet gate And stand by While he finds The one > Roughly he grabs it Holding its forelegs Wa” >

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