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The March 2018 drawing winner is up! Find it under Writing Samples, or here: Cows, or Thriving Defiantly. The winner is a big fan of bovines and requested a poem about them. Read and enjoy!
Speaking of cows, I’ve been trying to go vegetarian. It’s been a long process and I’m not very good at it. Just last week I sat down at a Chinese restaurant on my lunch break and the owner pointed out a menu of lunch specials, all of them including meat. She was brisk and acclimated to the South despite a Chinese accent that gave away her heritage. Her name was Theresa and she said “You can add a ‘Mother’ to that.” I felt obliged to eat the chicken.
So much culture happens around slicing up little sweet animals into faceless chunks. I grew up in a State that loves it’s barbecue and connected with strangers over the poor-kept secrete that Eastern Carolina has the best. All the while pigs screamed as I bit them and I never had to see the blood.
I think that’s what bothers me: if you brought me a cow on a leash tomorrow I’d be more liable to pet it than slit its throat. How can I justify eating the damn things if I can’t kill them?
The Pardoner’s Tale, by John Wain
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“Look, PETA! If God hadn’t wanted us to eat animals, he wouldn’t have made them so darn tasty!” – Stephen Colbert