Sunday, March 22, 2009

Slaughter In the Heartland

photo by Julie Eger

Trent drives around in a fancy car
Dreaming dreams that he’ll go far.

He spills cappuccino on his pin-striped suit
as he scrapes manure from off his boots.

Meets the realtor at the edge of town
with plans to slaughter more than a cow.

Unlike a doctor who vows to do no harm,
they’re going to dissect the family farm.

––Julie Eger 2006

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