The World is an Abbatoir by Paul Brookes

Blood and guts flow

down gunnels

into the fires.

 

We all hold the gun,

the knife

to the animal’s head.

 

We all watch the flesh shake.

We all smell the burning.

We all wash our clothes,

our skin, the image

from our eyes.

 

How to contain

the splatter of another’s life

as we take that life away.

 

Paul Brookes has performed in poetry performance group “Rats for Love” and is included in their “Rats for Love: The Book” Bristol Broadsides, 1989. His first chapbook “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley” by Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live.

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