upon pondering some of the various conditions which might be judged as normal

During a few days of every year,

the grounds of certain rural agricultural lands

are fertilized with pig manure which, in turn,

fills the air with an ungodly stench

but to which swarms of flies are drawn.


The shit is cheap because

there's no shortage of demand for pork

and the pigs are cheap because they can subsist

on damn near anything organic,


including their own shit (now there's an example of the circle of life)

to (from what I hear) human beings.


But, this is all falls within the bounds of normality

and, really, people easily become acclimated to such conditions,

losing all ability to smell the shit.

◄ hiding places (discernment)

a letter to my son--for now... ►



Mon 10th Dec 2018 14:31

It's bio-dynamic for Pat and me

This where she works look and see.


I hope you find it interesting

I love your comments as much as your amazing poetry.


Big Sal

Sun 23rd Sep 2018 22:18

No problem, but do keep up the great work writing.😁

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Sun 23rd Sep 2018 20:44

Hey Ray, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy what remains of the weekend.

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Sat 22nd Sep 2018 11:42

I think the meat of your poem is in the last verse Rachel, holding the key to how people are easily controlled by repetitive experiences. They adapt so well: traffic, political claims, advertising overdoses, meaningless marriages, and yet we still have privacy in the toilet. I mean, how civilized can we really be?
MacDonalds please take note.
A real change from your more esoteric work if I may say.


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Sat 22nd Sep 2018 00:13


..having a laugh, because goodness knows a lot of us need it--


--thank heavens for Patton Oswalt.

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Fri 21st Sep 2018 23:20

Thanks, all, for your kind comments and to everyone who read--and, I'm extra glad if it sparked a thought or two.

Really, I didn't intend this to be a jab at people as individuals, but rather as a means of clarifying my philosophy on certain conditions to which we are subject and "the powers that be", if that makes sense.

Kate, that's not creepy at all--it seems rather kind, to me. Thanks for the link, I'll be taking a look as soon as I can shake off the day.

I get your drift, Hazel. In fact, we often meet such encounters with hostility.

Hi Darren--you got it, man--what better endorsement could a writer get from another writer? Thank you.

To each, I hope you are able to enjoy the rest of the day, in whichever timezone you happen to be.


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Darren J Beaney

Fri 21st Sep 2018 11:20

BTW - if anyone from WOL is reading, this must be on POTW shortlist???

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Darren J Beaney

Fri 21st Sep 2018 11:19

Spot on!

A great way to describe some of the shit that goes on around us and how many folk are either nose blind or are content to just pinch the end of their nose until the problem goes away. Also a sad nod towards the meat industry (thanks for reminding me why I don't eat meat).



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Hazel ettridge

Fri 21st Sep 2018 10:14

Rachel, my god how right you are. We humans are almost unrecognizable as beings belonging to this planet. We wouldn't know normal/natural if it came over and shook our hand.

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Kate G

Fri 21st Sep 2018 03:47

Hi Rachel, I don't wish to come across as creepy, but your bio and writing tells me you're someone I'd really love to get to know. Factory farming really bothers me, and many others too, but I'm often curious at the passionate dislike of "animal activists", as if advocating for the welfare of animals that we eat is somehow anarchic. I thought you might enjoy this....


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Fri 21st Sep 2018 01:20

Gotcha Sal, but neither the problems nor the answers matter while there are jobs to be had and money to be spent--god bless capitalism.


I realize you probably don't know me well enough to qualify my response as sarcasm, so I'll tell you plainly now, I've meted a heavy dose of it (sarcasm).

Thanks, Sal.

Big Sal

Fri 21st Sep 2018 01:06

I live near a mushroom farm, and the stench is unbearable within 5-10 miles of any direction of the damn place.

Battery hen conditions, all the cow and pig manure contributing to carbon dioxide levels off the charts, and every other modern day imperative required to meet mass production are all now seen as 'normal'. No one even bothers looking at what should be normal, as they already think they have the answers.

Another excellent piece of writing.👍

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