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

Breaking Point

The smiling woman
petting the goat
looks exhausted
from working
the fields
with few tools
and being up
all night
to throw
to hit the fox
that enters
the chicken coop
between the eyes
and hear
the skull

copyright @ 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney