Learn More

Christianne Balk


The Kitchen Shears Speak


This division must end.
Again I'm forced to amputate
the chicken's limb; slit the joint,
clip the heart, snip wing from back,

strip fat from flesh, separate
everything from itself. I'm used,
thrown down by unknown hands,
by cowards who can't bear to do

the constant severing. Open and close!
Open and close. I work and never tell.
Though mostly made of mouth, I have no voice,
no legs. My arms are bent, immobile

pinions gripped by strangers. I fear
the grudge things must hold.
I slice rose from bush, skin from muscle,
head from carrot, root from lettuce,

tail from fish. I break the bone.
What if they join against me,
uncouple me, throw away one-half,
or hide my slashed eye? Or worse,

what if I never die? What I fear
most is being caught, then rusted rigid,
punished like a prehistoric
bird, fossilized, and changed

into a winged lizard, trapped while clawing
air, stuck in stone with open beak.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: fish, fear, rose, work, fishing, change

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Kitchen Shears Speak by Christianne Balk )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. A Life-Lesson, James Whitcomb Riley
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. If We Were Good......., Sandra Feldman
  2. Consolation, Tony Adah
  3. Goodnight Kiss, Michael P. McParland
  4. Marshes Of Life, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. What I Dream And What I Find, Amitava Sur
  6. Waves Within...., Umasree Raghunath
  7. Children of Peshawar! My heart bleeds fo.., Umasree Raghunath
  8. A History Of The Future- What's THAT? ? .., Bri Edwards
  9. Epistle therefrom Death, Sir Toby Moses
  10. Being Rich, Randy McClave
[Hata Bildir]