Cold Cuts


Cold Cuts

The drone of feeding flies warned me

I should have turned and run

Before the wind freshened

Searing my nose with a strange slow burn


Looking at the slumped remains

Vacant eyes drying stiff

No longer squinting into the setting sun

Caught mid-thought forever


I marvelled at their height and heft

The stringing of their naked sinews

And wondered if I would have liked them

Had they not been our enemies.


I looked for others of my clan

We were the fortunate ones

Our ranks won while they just fled

Or died, blood spilling pent-up hate


Nearby, my cousins robbed the dead

One of them flashed a flint knife stroking

Counting cock tips as he sliced

He’d heard one hundred bought a princess.

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Mareann commented on Cold Cuts


WHOA!!!!! This grabbed my attention, but left me wondering... Who took control of our Harv's mind!!! Very dark and different from you! Lol....



Just a rewrite of an old Bible story many never heard of. See the location in another comment response. Harv



Will do!!!!!

ginga commented on Cold Cuts


Whether one considers this a poem of slaughter, cannibalism, or torture/dismemberment, it certainly is a powerful message. ginga



This was all a calculated gambit on a kings part to eliminate a rival. It didn't work. See my reference on another response. Harv

MindNumbing commented on Cold Cuts


Oh wow... this is a side of you that I'm certainly not accustomed to, Harv. The imagery is outstanding and the storyline is grotesque, but nothing short of fascinating. Wonderful, wonderful write!



i am just saying, it was all true some 3,000 years ago.See comment details to Hampton. Harv

Hampton commented on Cold Cuts


As I read I kept waiting for you to turn "cold 'cuts" into some sort of comedic sandwich but to my surprise that never transpired. Dark and down right scary.



For historical context, see 1 Sam. 18:25-27 This was no fantasy, if Biblical history has any credence. Harv

tenderpoison commented on Cold Cuts


wow Harv - pretty dark stuff for you! you joining Poets of Blood? lol...this was really great - from the first stanza it just pulled me in. very primal - very good writing. 10 my friend :)



But I did warn you first! Harv

Poetry is what is lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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