Thursday, March 31, 2011

55 - domInion & disCONnection

dinner

boards board side
trucks, happily chewing cud,

big doe eyes bat lashes as
the hammer falls between.

knocking the hooves off
they chunk it on a
guttered table---

HacK, sniP, CHop

it's blood pools
on my plate as i
cut bite size pieces,
using a fork, so
none soils on my
pristine hands.

dessert, anyone?

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see g-man.

Friday morning at One Stop Poetry, Friday Poetically once again turns the focus on our youth.

86 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

very graphic image you paint dude;)

Mighty M said...

Eww.....So glad I'm a vegetarian.

Jannie Funster said...

Geez, I think I just became what Mighty M. is.

xo

CM said...

Almost enough to make me want to be a vegetarian...almost.

Very creative, what on earth inspired this one???

Natasha said...

You sure know how to kill the munchies! Effective work, impactful, underlying disturbing, blah...This one will be hard to shake.

dustus said...

Vivid enough to make me lose my appetite, Bro. My next meal shall be pasta. lol

Linda said...

Oh Brian, you may very well have ruined my appetite for steak for a long time (well maybe not too long!).
Good job!!

Monkey Man said...

I likes me meat rare, but not that rare.

happygirl said...

Now I'm REALLY hungry. You can't make fruit sound this good.

hedgewitch said...

If i had to kill my food, I'd be eating cabbages for supper. Good one, as always brian. We're having (killer)fish at my place for 55. Revenge of the Food!!

KB said...

You could turn a meat lover with this Brian.

Mama Zen said...

Nice work, Brian!

But, I'm a farm girl, so pass that steak!

Alice Audrey said...

So, you're a vegetarian? Sorry, I'm still ordering surf and turf even after years of hearing this.

G-Man said...

I'm with Mama Zen!!
Chop Those Chops, I'm licking mine!
Loved your Dinner 55 Son...
Congrats on The Shorty Award!!!
It's amazing that you and your talented team hit this Huge Home-Run in such a short time...
You now have a wonderful opportunity to REALLY make a difference in peoples lives. Don't pass it up!!
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

I'm in detox not eating beef or pork for 14 days... so your description of a bloody steak is to die for right now! gosh I love meat!

Kat_RN said...

Half my family are vegetarian, not me.

Me said...

There have been a few cows of my aquaintence that ended up steak or burger. My only request? Don't tell me "who" I'm eating. Is that horrible?

Brian Miller said...

actually i am not a vegetarian...but i do think we have become disconnected from where our food comes from...

Betsy said...

It is really cool, though, how people like Temple Grandin have become advocates for painless slaughter houses.

Leslie said...

Yeh I'm a vegan for a reason
this would have sold me

Great 55 Bri

we need to teach you how to do the hyper link - no it's not a dance

Moonie

Tara Miller said...

Ok, this one will be engrained in my mind like the story you wrote about the girl and the hourglass...but I'll never pass up a good steak (as long as it's not mooing at me!)

Leslie said...

Oh and how is our Shorty Award doing? You taking god care of it??

Proud of you Brian and all the team and what you/ we have done

Brian Miller said...

smiles. thank you leslie...

and the other leslie, i know how, i am just lazy...smiles.

and CM...i sent you an email but for everyones benefit...i wrote it after ordering a burger in NYC medium and having it come very rare and bleeding...thus a piece of poetry was born on a bloody plate...

Daniel said...

Are you channeling Monsieur Nugent? You can't grill it to you kill it? Actually the juxtaposition between the savagely "humane" killing of an innocent creature to our classy dining halls is stark. Makes me uneasy. But, that is your point.

Janna said...

This is why I like my steak well done. Really well done.
None of that "blood pooling on the plate" stuff for me.

I do agree that we seem to be more comfortable "forgetting" our steak was once a living breathing creature.

Strange, in a way.

Thanks for another Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Vicki Lane said...

Good one, Brian. I'm another farm girl and have been personally involved with most of the meat I cook -- and know that these critters had good lives and quick humane deaths. The stuff from the grocery is another thing.

Christina - Rant Rave Roll said...

I'm almost ashamed to admit that this one doesn't bother me at all. Yet I've been known to eat my steak rare.

Pheromone Girl said...

All I have to say is.... my children like to dress their own dinner. I did good...

After all, who doesn't want a daughter that wants to be an old fashioned, have-her-own-shop butcher??

rhymetime(aka Pat) said...

Oh did you really have to put that picture in my head
Especailly right before bed
I suppose it could be worse
It could be supper time then I'd have to give you a curse
But yeah it's just rather nasty where most of the meat comes from
Sometimes they just mush up the crap even the bum
Actually sometimes they even leave crap in it
Now there is something for you to have a fit
As they just want to get it chopped up and out the door
So it can be served on the resturant floor
But they may start growing it in a lab
As they are now taking a stab
So who knows what will come
Right now these places need to be shut down or made better and then some

Marla said...

Thanks Brian. I won't be eating meat anytime soon now. :-P

ds said...

Gee thanks. Glad I saw this after dinner.

tracy said...

Yeow! I'm having the salad tonight. :-)

TALON said...

Yuckity yuck yuck! Poor animals.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Pristine hands.

Wow.

Disturbing reality.

Wow.

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Goodness, how vivid that was. Glad it's not dinnertime right now. :) Good job!

magiceye said...

morbid

Little Ms Blogger said...

If I thought of my dinner the way you described, I'd be turned off from even wanting dessert.

Bernie said...

Have been babysitting for my nephew so just getting caught up. Congratulations on winning, so deserved and I am so happy for you, for everyone......oh I am so excited for you I feel like I won..
...lol..........:-)Hugs

Zuzana said...

Wow, I will never look at a dinner plate the same way again.;)) You have such a wonderful imagination.
Happy Friday dear Brian,
xoxo

ladyfi said...

That's why I'm vegetarian!

Steve Isaak said...

Love the vivid images, good piece.

adeeyoyo said...

This makes me feel really bad.

MorningAJ said...

Ouch!

Glad I'm planning fish for dinner.

I'm up here.

slommler said...

Oh! I don't know if I can eat steak now!!! Ha!
I think I will go with Mighty M as well.
Hugs
SueAnn

anthonynorth said...

But did it taste nice? ;-)

Jinksy said...

Are 'boards' beef in an alien language? I'm curious...

Ami Mattison said...

Reminding me how disCONnected I truly am! Great commentary as usual, Brian. Makes meat go down ugly and as graphic as the poem. I especially like the choppy cadence; it reflects the disconnection between the gruesome killing of animals and our dinner. Definitely this gets me in the gut (pun intended). Great write!

Valerie said...

You are so expressive, all I can say is thank God for salad!

Heather said...

oh no, i guess i won't be grilling out tonight! this is very well done. have a great friday! xo

TechnoBabe said...

Actually I just can't think of a comment about this. Isn't that a first? It is a great description of what happens though. Have you ever seen the true story movie about Temple Granden? Tell me if you see it. She is awesome.

hpicasso said...

BEEF...it' what for dinner and an eye con job...too moooch


Peace, hp

the walking man said...

Cherry pie please.

What does everyone have a food fetish going on this week? I know it's getting more expensive to eat but lets all not get obsessed with the price of beef and grains or oil and toilet paper.

Belinda said...

Very effective. And that's pretty much how it goes. Have you read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer? A lot like your 55 only a few hundred pages long.

Lorraine said...

ouch that hurts I feel a little nauseated even eating my kiwi..good call Brian

clean and crazy said...

yuck, i don't think i will be eating that again... at least not today gotta get that picture out of my head.

great 55

Tabor said...

Okay...guess I am NOT thawing that steak.

DJan said...

Boy am I glad I am a vegetarian. Ick!

ayala said...

vivid....nice work :-)

MorningAJ said...

Thanks for the offer to link my 55 next week. Gladly and gratefully accepted!

Claudia said...

ok - this is the post to read if you're on a diet...maybe you could sell this to some women's magazine..smiles

Goofball said...

there was a tv program in Belgium last month and they invited 500 viewers for a huge BBQ.

... ok lots of interest


.... in next show they showed a little veal that they were going to slaughter to serve on the BBQ. They gave it a name, made cute little lovely movies about the veal, went on excursion with it etc. They allowed televoting to decide if the veal had to be slaughtered or not and were in fact experimenting on this disconnection (and hypocrysm) of the sources of our food.

Immediately there was a big media hype with groups that wanted to save Willy and others that stated how hypocryt that would be as we daily eat meat, but once it has a name we can't do it anymore.

Pretty interesting debate & experiment.


(Willy lived....so did his replacement veal...yet there was a BBQ with other meat where in the end people were sitting and crying at the same time since they did not know at that time yet if they were eating Willy or not. Dugh).

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Make mine medium-rare please... and forget dessert, what are you washing it down with, Brian?

Akelamalu said...

I could turn veggie now. :0

Magpie said...

Well, with your ability to take us right where you are coming from, all I can say is...Yuck! :)
Very true..we have to remember where we get everything we consume.

Eva Gallant said...

Wow! I thought I'd never get to the end of the comments! You are one popular guy!

Myrna R. said...

And that's why I'm a vegetarian. I think if I wasn't, I'd convert, after reading this.

Mona said...

uh huh...not me..not anymore :I

Captain Dumbass said...

Mmm, meat.

Sue said...

That almost but not quite made me a vegetarian.

;)

sheila said...

Well, that settles what I'm NOT making for dinner tonight. My gosh!

drybottomgirl said...

Well...I have a tough time watching meat being processed. I do like Venison, but hate the thought of those beautiful creatures having to be killed. Sorry your burger was raw....

libraryscene said...

rich 55.. it would cause me more pause if I were not already a vegan.. Really loved the title, too ~

Barbara Shallue said...

Wow - I'm glad it's Friday and I can't eat meat today. I wouldn't be able to anyway after reading that. (Great job, though!)

Nezzy said...

Gee Man...I do believe I will skip supper, I only thought I was hungry.

Good lunch??? Heeehehe!

God bless ya and have a fantastic weekend!!! :o)

natalee said...

Ewwwwwww first oprah showed a slaughter house... Now you ... I'm so going vegetarian

Olivia said...

Oh yeah!!

Thanks.. but no thanks- I'm on a diet.. :D

I am vegan.. hahaha
Hugs x

RNSANE said...

I like my steaks almost raw and I love steak tartar...but, you have almost made me change my mind. How picturesque you are, dear Brian. Whatever inspired this poem - a day at a slaughterhouse?
Mine is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/04/friday-flash-55-reading-at-65-mph-april.html

Baino said...

Yeh I'm a hypocritical omnivore as well.

Hope said...

imagery is perfect!
have a great weekend!

izzy said...

Yup done my share of chopping and butchering, makes you grateful for the meat! Thanks!

deb colarossi said...

I'm vegetarian , but my family love loves meat..
so I'm okay with that , this.

trisha said...

grrrrrrrrrrrrrosssssssss and scary brian!

well i believe there is no relationship between kindness and vegetarian lifestyle and vice versa. can narrate quite a few shockers- real shockers :(

I on my part am a non vegetarian by choice and least guilt (plan to remain so if my body doesnot fails) :)

Joybird said...

gut reaction - gross - you are talented (and a little bit evil ;) There is a very good reason I am unwilling to meet my meat.

Syd said...

I am glad not to eat meat. Poor bovines.

lime said...

a bit of verse my formerly vegetarian daughter would have loved!

lori said...

I think we are completely disconnected from where our food comes from, though I'm not a vegetarian. When money allows, I like to support those who treat animals humanely, but it can be a hard belief to financially maintain. Well done!