Friday, April 08, 2011


The flesh of cannibals is said, by some,
to have the richest flavor.

Each fiber drawn from proteins like itself,
marbled with familiar fats,
this muscle draws iron
up the food chain
from dumb dirt
through lithe grasses
and quick victims
of four legs, then to.

Though traces concentrate
of what was sprayed on crops
or gathers, gamey, in flesh
shot through with fear,

a different compound
interrupted skin,
detained quick blood,
cleaved sinew and bone
to carve this steak,
this rare opportunity.

Thus made bold,
take, eat
so that others
might enjoy this taste.

-J D Smith

(Okay, probably not the best menu choice for a Friday in Lent.)

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