Allowance

A butcher’s
deft hand
recognizes
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
prepackaged
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
stream-rounded
stones
to hit the fox
that enters
the chicken coop
between the eyes
and hear
the skull
crack.


copyright @ 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney