Christianne Balk

Poems of Christianne Balk

1. Birds, Converging 3/19/2012
2. Departure 1/1/2004
3. Lauds for St. Germaine Cousin (1579-1601) 1/1/2004
4. Shorthorns 1/1/2004
5. The Kitchen Shears Speak 1/13/2003

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

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