A butcher’s
deft hand
the type of meat
the knife cuts
from the resistance
of the flesh
to the blade.

In high school
biology class
I butchered the frog
we dissected
and mangled
some of the organs
to be observed
and instantly
crossed Meat
off my potential
career list.

At the grocery
I spend extra money
to purchase
chicken parts
instead of
a whole fryer
and rationalize
my unwillingness
to gain skill
with a knife
as producing
less food waste.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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