David Kowalczyk

Rookie (11-22-1952 / Batavia, New York)

Beasts in Shades of Gray


As a boy growing up
on a poultry farm, every
Saturday morning would find
me collecting carrion from the roadside:
skunks, oppossums, raccoons,
groundhogs, and an occasional
red fox or two.


Even as a child, I sensed more
than coincidence was at play
behind these legions of animal carcasses,
behing all that protoplasm splattered
across a winding rural road.


Some mornings, I could hear
angels talking to the dead animals.
'Stay still, ' the angels whispered.
'Stay still.'

Submitted: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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Comments about this poem (Beasts in Shades of Gray by David Kowalczyk )

  • Rookie Marvin Bell (12/13/2008 11:37:00 AM)

    I recommended this precisely because the writing was so compelling. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Greenwolfe 1962 (8/18/2008 5:50:00 PM)

    I decided to recommend this. Not because I found the writing compelling. But
    because I found the story meaningful because of the aspect of the angels adding
    a creative element that added some mystery for those who like such things.

    GW62 (Report) Reply

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