NaPoWriMo #21

Chick

So this is life
outside the shell
sliding down
gloved hands check
searing pain     losing half my beak
because I’m a girl    a girl      maybe
Like Mommy, I’ll live
in a cramped cage dying
to lay egg after egg
until I am weak so weak
shipped off    body shocked
dead
was this life?

So this is life
outside the shell
sliding down
gloved hands check
thrown into the soft
yellow fluff of my brothers, my cousins
because I’m a boy     a boy      maybe
suffocating           not knowing
the bag I’m in in the dump
or thrown into the machine
ripped apart
with my brothers, my cousins
because there’s no profit in me
only blood
only blood.

© 2014 by Robin A. Sams

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