Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meat

The Meat Monkeys boomed death into my mother.
No more warm,
no more milk,
no more rough tongue.

They put the hard ring around my neck,
and pushed me behind the strange gray grass that cannot bend.
The Meat Monkeys taught me useless things:
Jump through a hoop.
Sit on a perch like a bird.
Go here, do that, learn some monkeytalk.

Whip. Chair. Hungry.
At night, I dream of forests full of loose dinner.
Here comes my Meat Monkey, strutting.
Meet my claws, teeth, anger.

Learn some tigertalk.
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a circus tale for Mama Zen in 89 words.

28 comments:

Sioux said...

Shay--My daughter would love this. Every time the circus comes to town, she's protesting...and educating.

Why can't circuses just be filled with people?

Lynn said...

This is why I don't like the circus. Love this tigertalk!

Lolamouse said...

This should be printed on a sign outside every circus.

TexWisGirl said...

*sigh*

Kerry O'Connor said...

Three cheers for the doom of the meat monkeys! Personally, I cannot abide circuses - such a licence for animal cruelty.

Shadow said...

I'm sure EVERY caged animal feels this way. The instinctive call for freedom and open spaces...

Mama Zen said...

Go, tiger, go!

Stacy Lynn Mar said...

the meat monkey...i bet he prowls each night. remind me not to talk to my car alone...without a gun. haha :)

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Cool take on the prompt, love 'meat monkeys'.

Sara said...

And let the tigers get their revenge against the "Meat Monkeys."

I love how your well is always full of interesting takes on a prompt.

This one did not disappoint:~)

Susan said...

Love the voice here--describing the loss of mother, the unbending grass, the act ... O, Meat Monkey! O. loose game! I have heard, once or twice, of reintroducing circus animals to the wild. Grrr.

Cloudia said...

hell YES!





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Carrie Van Horn said...

Through "the eye of the tiger" for sure....this is greeeeeaaaat Shay.

Hannah said...

Perfectly embodied, I think! Love this, Shay.

Lydia said...

This is so angry and so raw. I love/hate it, if you know what I mean. Damn the people who are caging, breaking, poaching, putting into extinction the species we share the earth with. We do not deserve this planet as they do, and our humanity (already a questionable commodity) is diminished by each and every act against animals.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Exactly.

Gail said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Thinking of it from the animal's perspective makes it incomprehensibly cruel. I love the trainer's title.

Marian said...

yes! i especially love that you wrote this for MZ's prompt asking how your life is like a circus, because sometimes life does feel like this.

Debi Swim said...

I agree with Marian. This is a great protest and commentary on life (sometimes)

Other Mary said...

Circuses and zoos make me sad. Go tiger!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Only you can embody the big cat so eloquently. Excellent.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love it! You speak tiger well.

Helen said...

Your poem made me sad, emotional .. but all is good, promise.

C.C. said...

"boomed death into my mother"---ouch...powerful start to a persuasive, moving poem.

grapeling said...

slow burn. there are 6 white rhino left. freaking boom. grr.

on the plus side.

well, is there one? ~

Poet Laundry said...

"Circus" has such a negative connotation in my mind...and this is one of the reasons why. The elephants always get me the most.

my heart's love songs said...

Meat Monkeys indeed! i've known quite a few men that qualify.