United States, (contemporary)
- Love and trust were carefully fostered,
- and her security seemed lifelong, and it was.
- I’m talking about hogs, this sow specifically,
- one of the cleverer of the cleverest mammals.
- Well fed and watered, patted, never struck,
- but none of this was for free.
- All part of the bargain, a fair one at that.
- Payment became due.
- Hind legs trussed and hoisted heavenward,
- an upside down ascension.
- A revelation of disillusionment occurred,
- if it occurred at all,
- when the blade gleamed sharp against her belly.
- If sorrow stung then
- it lasted for only the length of a squeal.
- Hold on to fantasies,
- the longer they’re held, the shorter the grief.
- But not to worry, I’m only talking about hogs.
About the Poet
Richard Fein (aka: bardofbyte), US poet, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has a fondness for fish, photography, and writing poetry. Richard has been published in many places, both on the net and in print. Some of the print journals are: Kansas Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Oregon East, Small Pond, and Sulphur River Literary Review. [DES-6/03]