life and death

life and death

up ahead i saw a beast

hairy, huge

and white

dipping his great jaw into his feast

and yet i felt no fear

in fact, delighted in his pleasure

until closer

on the path i came and saw

his dinner was not dead

the beast was dining on the throat

of a creature small

who lay awake and yet somehow

immobile

his crimson beard withdrawn

the beast

with doe-like gaze met mine

before I shooed him off

into the wood

the passive creature then arose

her own jaw likewise crimsoned

like ground meat on my counter

thawing

and crossed the path

to the other side

where from her gaping wound

she bore two calves

before she died

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