Monday, October 11, 2010

who is for dinner tonight?

For dinner tonight
we ate:

slaughtered pig,
sliced thin,
shrink wrapped & shipped,
then fried
on an iron skillet altar
with chicken embryos

dreadfully carnivorous,
i know,
but no one lamented
the last summer tomato.

it had feelings too,
giving them to me,
every time i drew it near
and smelled its breath,
yet still i
consume...

94 comments:

DJan said...

I haven't eaten pork in forty years now, and you reminded me once again as to why...

Miss Nikki said...

Do you think that... if everybody referred to eggs as embryos we'd eat less eggs? I think so...

Me said...

Ha! I too have wondered at the thought of eating a living veggie...

Myrna R. said...

Ugh. So glad I'm vegetarian.

adeeyoyo said...

I have often, ever since I was a child, asked these questions... Were animals put on this earth for us to eat? I know they say that if we paid a visit to the abattoir there would be more vegetarians... It has been proved that even plants have feelings... http://mikeymiller.wordpress.com/ did a post on the same subject.

Eva Gallant said...

I love my bacon an eggs....not more than once a week, though.

adeeyoyo said...

http://mikeymiller.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/the-cycle-of-life/

Alan Burnett said...

Is there anything finer than a bacon sandwich?

natalee said...

EWWWWWWW!!!!! LOL!! YOU just ruined my favorite breakfast so when my cholesterol goes down Im sending you a thank you card..lol!!!

Valerie said...

Ooops I ate pork yesterday. Of all the meats it's my favourite, yet I always feel guilty.

Fragrant Liar said...

We are savages.

Daniel said...

My guess is that this isn't just about ham and eggs. You see, I am a little bit perceptive.

Percy Bisque Silley said...

Well then, to be serious... a tomato's death should be striven against by Governorns and Kings with all Manner and Might of Statecraft. For though it be a living vegetable, is it not Life?

And have some tomatos not even been known, after months or years of silence, to voice opinions sound as those of any politician?

AmyLK said...

oooo! Sounds yummy! We still have fresh tomatoes!

Tabor said...

Glad I am not eating at your house....

Mighty M said...

Another happy vegetarian here. :)

TALON said...

"chicken embryos" - that could seriously reduce egg consumption, I think.

I remember an experiment revealing that plants had feelings...and I guess the most honorable thing is to treat everything with respect and give thanks for anything we consume.

ladyfi said...

I don't eat meat so have to eat those poor tomatoes. I do love their smell... so gorgeous!

Brian Miller said...

too true talon...i guess what i was getting at is how often do we really think about what we are eating instead of ust shoveling it in or picking it up on the fly...no matter what we eat there is thankfulness to be given...

@daniel...i guess there are things we consume beyond food. smiles.

Anonymous said...

hmm. i agree. i am carnivorous without any guilt :)

i too think that if animals have life so do fruits and vegetables.

trisha
http://mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

She said...

yummy!

Paige said...

im so hungry now its ridic

Gary said...

You always pack such a wallop into so few words. Where are you when I am teaching poetry to my students? When the time comes perhaps I can choose one or two that would be appropriate for them to use as examples. They may be young but they are incredibly brilliant.

sakhii•• said...

nice one :)

Pat said...

Oh c'mon, are you trying to turn us all into vegans? LOL!

Cheryl said...

I've always thought fruits and vegetables must be sentient too.

sage said...

it's sad to eat the last summer tomato... tomatoes almost redeems summer of the heat

Mama Zen said...

I heartily lament the last summer tomato. Tomatoes go so well with bacon, after all.

PattiKen said...

Nature is a well-constructed system, replicated over and over in smaller systems, all inter-connected and co-dependent. Some who would not consider eating an animal can sit and watch a lion rip the throat from a zebra on National Geographic TV and understand that such things are just part of the natural order of things. To me, living within the system with respect and gratitude for everything else there is not the same as human greed and cruelty to animals.

Still, what of the poor tomato?

Betsy said...

Bacon and eggs..yum!

Still sounds so much better than the bowl of goat eyeballs a friend had presented to her for dinner while visiting a third world country recently! YIKES!

annell said...

Well said, Brian.

Lori said...

Bacon & eggs are a favorite meal at our house...but so are tomatoes and believe it or not the littles as well as us adults lamented over them being done for the year. Happy Monday Brian! :)

Debbie said...

My tomatoes are always very happy to give their lives for me. At least that's the story I'm sticking with.

Claudia said...

agh....i had a tomato as well for dinner..mine didn't have feelings though - or it tried to give them to me and i didn't listen...need some counseling now...

you rock the place brian!!

Friko said...

o dear, I am a carnivore too; when I walk in the fields and watch and photograph the animals who will probably end up on my plate, I feel not the smallest regret. At least these animals are reared out of doors where they lead a happy , if short, life.

I have no qualms at all about biting into a tomato.

Tracy said...

Oh my goodness...I never got one decent summer tomato. I guess I did my part to save them!

Friko said...

yes, Brian, closer as in 'following' behind you.
But then you have so many followers you'll hardly notice me.
But it would be nice if you returned the compliment, I am still struggling.

Scott said...

I'm not sure if this piece was literal (are you a vegetarian making a statement or do you really eating your meat?), but I like what you said about the tomato. The tomato trucks on the highway are just as sad a sight as the cattle trucks...less brown goo though. It's just the way things are: Lesser creatures are consumed by greater ones. It happens.

Brian Miller said...

scott, i am an all purpose omnivore...the point really is considering what we consume. And it goes well beyond food that was just the easy in...your clothes, what sweatshop were they made in? does it matter? does where anything we consume matter? or is it enough we have it?

william said...

when u put it like that it does sadden me, poor animals :)

Scott said...

Good point Brian. It is definitely easy to get into a habit of consuming and forget about the production of goods altogether. Something to think about.

Maggie May said...

Ughhhhh! Put that way..... I am pleased to be mostly vegetarian!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Titanium said...

Poor little tomato... it's beautiful red life cut short for your exquisite dining pleasure.

My heart bleeds for the tomato, fo sure.

*grins*

Short Poems said...

Cleaver one :)

Beedeebabee said...

I haven't eaten meat for about 10 years now. I still eat eggs though. It's the cute critters with fur I have a hard time gobbling up!...About my acorns...I never thought of them as ammo. I have a house full of boys too! ;)

Kulio said...

ew...... :-)

Prayer Girl said...

As for me, if I like how something tastes I turn my mind "off" as to where it came from and how.

:) Cute!

Magpie Tale:
HERE IS MINE

PG

drybottomgirl said...

Being from Wisconsin I'm all for ham, bacon, eggs, veggies. Meat and potatoes for me and mine....and I would have eaten the tomato too! Nice job...

steviewren said...

My philosophy is just don't think about it...

CottageGirl said...

Ha!!
Sunday is our bacon and egg day and I'm so glad I have 6 days to get over your post!!!!!!

I do lament the last tomato ... but it is easier to think about eating that than ... the ...

embryo!

Did you talk about this to your wife as she was cooking? Or am I out of touch and it is you who are frying those ... embryos?

Caty said...

no pig for me (not that I'm a vegetarian...I eat meat, but not of the swine variety :) pigs will eat anything from what I've heard...even human remains...so I guess it's all fair in survival of the fittest :)

TechnoBabe said...

It matters. What we eat is nourishment for the body not just filling the gut. What we wear is made by someone, were they paid an adequate wage to produce the clothes? Pretending these things are not important is how the country got stolen by the corporations.

lakeviewer said...

We don't think much about what/whom we eat, do we?

lakeviewer said...

p.s. We are omnivores, and have been lucky to survive as such. We had a successful evolution, but it is time to ask ourselves do we need to continue on this trajectory?

otin said...

Chicken Embryos!!!! LMAO! Go back and read my spoof post of you from last year!! LOL!!

blueviolet said...

I don't sense a bit of remorse or regret. All I hear is the rumble of a full tummy.

KB said...

We've been thinking a lot more about we eat in our household. There has been much publicity recently about the treatment of farmed pigs. I LOVE pork and will continue to eat it but now I make it my mission to research where my food has come from and how it has been looked after during ir's life. Excellent post my friend.

Joanie M said...

yum! I love me some bacon and aggs!

ArtSnark said...

well said

kkrige said...

You just don't make it sound very appealing Brian. Dare I admit it? yes, I don't like bacon. Not even back bacon, like every good Canadian should. I will take your embryos (ick, but mine are non-graded free range from a farmer) and tomatoes though.

Pearl said...

I, for one, mourned the last of the summer 'maters.

And as Miss Nikki said, I, too, think fewer people would eat fried "embryos" rather than eggs...

Pearl

p.s. Another lovely poem, btw. I don't always comment -- there are so many commenters! -- but I like your stuff.

ds said...

Why oh why is everyone writing about food? It's late (here, now) & I'm getting hungry. Bother. However, reminding us that eggs are embryos may have put me off them. "But no one lamented the last summer tomato." Tee hee.
Beautifully done as always, and thought provoking. We do need to pay more attention to what--or who--we eat...

Tina said...

I've spent the last week processing the veggies from our harvest. As in boxes and boxes of produce. None of them have complained, and the garden tomatoes on grilled cheese have been amazing! After reading this, I'm going to need to make some BLT's :-)

Slamdunk said...

This post is great for turning me against the thought of a late night snack.

Hilary said...

Not a huge fan of bacon.. but I am indeed a huge fan of your blog.

Susan Deborah said...

You have hit the nail on the head. The argument of many vegetarians is brought crashing down by the lines:

"but no one lamented
the last summer tomato.

it had feelings too,. . ."

I am glad you have brought this up. Every thing has life but we give importance to the only ones whose pain can be seen by us. How many microorganisms we harm in the process of breathing everyday. The list is endless . . .

Moral of the story: Don't dare criticise any form of eating!!!

Joy always,
Susan

Zuzana said...

Ah yes, if we only thought for a minute what we really eat.;)
Still, it is a pleasure to share a good meal in great company and food will always be very enjoyable to me, including a good steak.;))
Have a great day dear Brian,
xo

slommler said...

I have to say...this made me hungry!! Shrink wrapped or not! Ha!
Hugs
SueAnn

Just Be Real said...

Hmmmmmmmmm
Pondering post. Blessings.

Candie Bracci said...

Well something I won't be responsable at least,I don't eat any meat at all.Still,I do eat fish so I'm a little guilty I guess.But I can't stand meat,it disgust me,all that blood :(

JStar said...

I am so with you here Brian...and it tasted good didnt it :)

Lorraine said...

I want to be a vegetarian, but my body seeks otherwise...
I love this short but wonderful writing...

PS for your info, Sir Silley is quite impressed with your writing, he just doesn't understand English or French passed the 17th Century...Consider it an honour that he's picking on you...
he only nags at those who equal his talent if not is wit ;)

sheila said...

my gag reflex is now in full swing. thanks for that. *hurl* lol
Never thought of it that way but um, YUCK

Vicki Lane said...

Like a lot of other animals, I'm a carnivore/omnivore. But we raise our own beef and chickens and see that they are slaughtered humanely --doing it ourselves in the case of the chickens. This is what works for us.

deb said...

perfect post.. I'm reading ( albeit a few years late) , Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Barbara Kingsolver.

and I don't eat bacon, but my family does.

Gaston Studio said...

Good one Brian. I personally think God made a huge mistake when He insisted that our bodies need refueling on a regular basis. Just think of all the time it takes to get food in the house and on the table! And, just think of all the obesity. I really think I'm going to have to talk to Him about this when I get to Heaven.

the walking man said...

Think of the cave dwellers as they ate. They were food eating food. Hey dinosaurs had to eat too.

Jerry said...

Embryonic ecstasy. My wife and I love eggs over easy with a really grainy bread. Bacon, well let me tell ya, my 15 year old daughter won't eat it after she saw how it was made on t.v. I'll still have it when I go out for breakfast sometimes. Love the post(cereal).

Steven Anthony said...

PORK ROCKS! enough said ;)

Monkey Man said...

breakfast for dinner - one of our favs.

emily wierenga said...

wow... it had feelings too... and you smelled its breath... and still...

you've captured the conundrum so well here, friend.

Chris G. said...

Food for thought, so to speak...

The terrible questions we can ask ourselves about our appetites and our habits...yet still we consume. Ah, nature.

Kim A. said...

I used to love fatback. ::sigh:: Thanks alot, Bri. (j/k..good one today)

♥namaste♥

Liza said...

I LOVE THIS PIECE.
LOVE IT!
this one should be spoken!

Lori (JaneBeNimble) said...

"No one lamented the last summer tomato,"

I love this line, it says it all to me. Awesome one shot, Adam. ~xo

Lori (JaneBeNimble) said...

Sorry I called you Adam! Geez, better head to bed soon. It's Brian ~ I know this. Bad girl I am. ;)

Mmm said...

Oh this is so qurky adn fun. you carnivore you1 LOL. so well put.

Mmm said...

Oh this is so qurky adn fun. you carnivore you1 LOL. so well put.

Mmm said...

Oh this is so quirky and fun. you carnivore you1 LOL. so well put.

Giovanni said...

As a chef and poet I really love this piece.
Everything has a life force!

The Retired One said...

Oh Brian...you tug on my conscience about the whole "eating meat" thing. I wish I was stronger, but throw a steak on the grill or fry bacon and I can't do it....I have to eat it.

n. davis rosback said...

cluck and grunt with love apples

Marla said...

We love breakfast for dinner .... until now. :-)

Magpie said...

How can you make having breakfast for dinner sound so sophisticated? You're amazing.