Today's poem is by Shane McCrae

The Calf

Lord I have eaten and I don't
Want to and have to
anyway / Sometimes because I can't afford to eat
According to my conscience animals

Lord many times my weight
in animals      in the past      / But since I started
eating animals again it hasn't been that much
I'm sure it hasn't been that much

Maybe if all the meat I've eaten since I started
eating animals again were piled and weighed
It would weigh as much as      maybe if my leg were cut off
Below the knee the calf      the shin      the foot

Were laid in a scale opposite the meat
Maybe the scales would balance

Copyright © 2016 Shane McCrae All rights reserved
from The Animal Too Big to Kill
Persea Books
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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