07 September 2009



violence disguised in
play of canines running
free and unrestrained
spits in the face of
safe community

to claim innocence in
carcases bloodied and rent
by wolf-like efficiency is
not constrained by
denying the evidence

they weren’t children
today – just calves who ran
the farmer amazed at
an owner’s reticence
regarding blame

they’ll pay a price
that’s mine he says
while your conscience
admits severity
of the sentence
© 18 July 2009, I. D. Carswell