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On Prey

Wild is the frightened goose
Who flees from bounding feet
Glancing back
At the rifles’ dance
And stumbling through the air
Bite at life with sweaty beak
Just to have it—
Wrenched away!
By a gunshot from the hunters
Then smoke and feathers
And blood
A fading sound of thunderclap
Then a fall to dirt and dust

Merry are the feasting men
Who sup on roasted bird
Flesh on wooden table
A meal of victory!
But watch them walk in later days
The flapping forms
Of frightened souls
Which fate will come to fetch—
With a flash of lightning
Or is it
Gunshot—from the sky?

To squirm in nets of Judgment
With a sentence of vapor—and Truth
They’ll recall the clamor of sudden death—
How familiar the sound!
Then retire to giant ovens
And fall to the wretched plates
Of a party of demons and of gods
Who make a meal—of men!



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Aderes47 said...
Sept. 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm:
From reading your little comment, I was reminded by the geese in the park and also one time we were in Prospect Park in NYC visiting family and my sister got bitten on her foot by a swan. LOL! This poem makes me feel guilty because I heard that they used to roast swans and I always thought that sounded delicious even swans are my fav animals. Again, bravo! From one of the masters of poetry! :)
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm :

Ah, I feel rather foolish now.

And yet, if a poem is as worthy as you describe, it doesn't need to be published in a magazine to touch the world.

 
Aderes47 replied...
Sept. 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm :
It's crazy. If you met him without really getting to know me, you'd be like, What do you two have in common? I forgot to mention that he's Algerian like me and he's going to Algeria next month. :( :( :( :(
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm :
Some of the best couples don't seem to have anything in common at first, I think. So- good omen.
 
Aderes47 replied...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm :
Aww, thanks. :)
 
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savetheplanet said...
Sept. 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm:
Hmmm, an interesting, thought provoking poem.  Have you perchance, read The Most Dangerous Game?
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm :
No, can't say I have. What's it about?
 
Aderes47 replied...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm :
Raven, my tribute to you has finally been posted! It's called The Raven. :)
 
savetheplanet replied...
Sept. 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm :
It's about a hunter who becomes the hunted.  And he the human, finally understands the animals.
 
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