Ode to a butcher

Ode to a butcher

A Poem by fattycbreezy52

Blood-red piece of meat
cut open from the caged animals
tearing apart their furs and dermal layers
like the gates of a posh apartment,
opened rapidly once the car of the lord
makes it's way inside,
Embellishes those crimson-stained counters.

Suspending from those giant hooks,
my eyes fear that the already dead meat is again condemned
to another method of death called "hanging".
Do you think there is an ounce of life still left in the sticky piece?
A goat estimated to be about 6000 rupees has it's fearful meat sold today
at a lesser price.
Is chastity so cheaply available, my brother?

The skin of the animals heaped upon one another in a corner
fills the dungeon like room with a smell
which reminds one that the judgement day is near.
No amount of room freshners can stand before
the suzeirainty of the murky slaughter houses.
You are there-- it's lord,it's head.
Yet, you seem like an equally robust executioner.
The only difference is of the mask which you do not care to wear.
You enjoy the blood bath when the skulls of the mooing cows and timid goats are severed
and kept like the showpieces adorning the shelves of a fancy shop.

You look like the wrath of God personified.
Yet, when you hand over that meat
after shredding it to countless, nanoscopic pieces and smile to your customers
while handing over the dirty plastic bags
full of flesh ecstatically-
You show the other side of the Creator.

© 2017 fattycbreezy52

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passionate and very powerful punch in closing ... i worked in a meat packing plant a long time ago ..not easy at all...not one of the many "jobs" are "easy" ... was very glad to have found other employment .. strong social commentary fatty ..i see i had not subscribed to you and will do so right away ..it is one the ways i try to keep up .. :)

Posted 5 Months Ago

A real philosophical bender. Harshness, even cruelty, is given a metaphor that is quite visual!

Posted 12 Months Ago


12 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your honest assessment of my poem. I am glad you took out some of your preciou.. read more
A visceral piece full of colourful descriptions and odours as the role of the butcher is dissected with surgical mastery and blunt brutality.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

So true..That was the idea I wanted to convey. Thanks a lot:) Glad to see you here after a long time.. read more
The last stanza was my favorite. Some strange tenses though- for instance, "suspending" instead of "suspended".

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Thanks a lot:)

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Added on February 27, 2017
Last Updated on February 27, 2017



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