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A Ritual Butchering

A Ritual Butchering

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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Faroe Islands, annual killing of beached whales and dolphins.

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It's a fine day for a cull,
overhead spreads blanket blue
and where salt water gently laps
are men waist deep in bloodied red.
They've stained the sea
in butchered shame.
It's a fine day for a cull,
those creatures dead or dying
while I for one feel certainly
the sky with pity's sighing
and can hear the ocean as it wails.
On a fine day for a cull,
the ocean waves are crying.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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Awful, awful thing. When it is time for our species to be culled, and that time will surely come; there will be no tears shed by Mother Nature.

'The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.'

So said Shakespeare. Sadly however, the former outweighs the latter by a mile.

Beccy.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Beccy, and your quote from Julius Caeser most apt. It beggar's belief how cruel our specie.. read more



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Butchering these magnificent creatures shows how little intelligence these people have, they are killing Mother Nature's way of protecting the planet.
The seas need their ecosystem to stay healthy, in a way they are also culling any hope of a future for coming generations including their own ..

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Stella. I share your thoughts entirely. Some people have no compassion in their hearts at .. read more
A tragic, finely penned poem, Christine. As far as I'm concerned, generally speaking, Mankind has absolutely no right to its place on earth. Can't say more, would say too much.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

I have to agree with you and sadly my generation has much to answer for. Thank you Em for your visit.. read more
emmajoy

4 Months Ago

Have you seen the News' slot about a guy and his actions with pre-trapped foxes thrown to hounds? Wh.. read more
You certainly made a bold description of those displaceable acts of man. And man thinks animals are not civilized.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Dale. Depressing how some humans go about their business. Makes you weep. I appreciate you.. read more
The oceans indeed are crying. We have destroyed our hydrosphere. We are a crying shame to the shadow of existence. We don't deserve this world. This world is certainly better off of this woeful human race. I am not just referring to poaching but our apathy in not caring about marine biomes. Junking pet bottles, plastic wastes into the ocean? I mean, come on!

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Don't get me going on plastics. All the other stuff is bad enough, but plastics. What a legacy we le.. read more
So intense, as it should be. Very moving, I can visualize the waves themselves red as though they themselves were blood.

Chris - take care - Dave

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Many thanks Dave for your visit. Always appreciated.

Chris
Awful, awful thing. When it is time for our species to be culled, and that time will surely come; there will be no tears shed by Mother Nature.

'The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.'

So said Shakespeare. Sadly however, the former outweighs the latter by a mile.

Beccy.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Beccy, and your quote from Julius Caeser most apt. It beggar's belief how cruel our specie.. read more
A sad piece that I loved, well written and intense, you got the message across, ocean waves crying

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thanks gram. Pics in the newspapers last week were nothing short of horrendous. Makes me mad.
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And this is why I never want to peek at what the butcher is doing in the back of the store.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

A wise decision Nolo. I share that view. Many thanks.

Chris

such a somber tone in this one
I can't help but feel we are often responsible for the dire circumstances that leave water creatures stranded on our beaches and shores

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

You are so right Edie. In this particular case, those creatures were hunted into the bay where they .. read more
You didn't mention an animal in this poem and yet the ocean wails and there's a cry of the waves. Your outcry is noted in behalf of these noble animals in a very poetically profound way

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Somehow Kent your response was duplicated, so I will thank you once again for your visit.
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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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