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by Keith Rowley
Monday, December 01, 2008
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Slaughtered animals, butchered humans.
The slaughterhouses and the the theaters of war. Both driven by humanity's psychosis. In many ways, the slaughter of war reflects our attitude to our fellow creatures. So meet our platitudes, so meek our social compliance..



How Meet* the Meat!


How meek the meat that walks to slaughter

How meek the meat that walks to war

Its sacrifice is writ’ on water

Its blood a shroud o'er evermore


How meet the meek who send their lambs

To fight and die for bloodied rag

Like cattle march our sons and daughters

How meet the meek adore the flag


How meek the meat that walks to bleed

In savage factories of death

Carved and bled by man's machines

Cold steel shuts off its final breath


How meek the meat that walks to war

How meet the cavalcade of death

How meet the meat that walks to slaughter

How sad the soldiers' final breath


How Meet the Meek!





*Fit and proper (archaic).





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Reviewed by Axilea MU
Playing with words helps us. It helps us who read, as we follow sounds and alliterations, rhythm, flow... It helps us who write, so that we can convey things that are otherwise so difficult to say. I'm thinking of this, because I can see (hear, feel) the way you played and had fun (like child) with this poem, knowing that the message is one that denounces a society based on slaughter.
It comes full circle your poem, from slaughter houses of beasts, to those of humans, and the participants therein, and the conscience of the individual. Blood for food ,or for a rag, doesn't matter which one, holds the same gruesome conclusion, yet neither has engendered too much soul searching of their mind construct to justify either. A great poem to tweak, and stir thought about that subject . Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Chuck Keller
Powerful poem, Keith. Another work that causes the reader to think. Good job.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
You do not disappoint with this poem. A novel by Robin Cook changed my view of what we do to cattle. I didn't eat meat for months afterward! Weak stomach. As is, I never eat meat off a bone - haven't since I was forced to as a kid, over twenty years ago. It disgusts me. It seems so barbaric, like cannabalism. Anyways, your poem has renewed my view of war. I've always had great respect for soldiers. However, I know those in charge see them as numbers only. Cattle.... Sad. You make a valid, realistic point. Unique write. Love and Hugs,
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