Christianne Balk Poems
|3.||Lauds for St. Germaine Cousin (1579-1601)||2/6/2018|
|4.||The Kitchen Shears Speak||2/6/2018|
|8.||Lauds For St. Germaine Cousin (1579-1601)||1/1/2004|
|10.||The Kitchen Shears Speak||1/13/2003|
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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...