The Offering

the prize-winning goat
sold off to bleed out
genetics gushing
from its slit throat
red as gold

an island shaved of sandalwood
shipped abroad to burn
in temples which
could afford sacrifice
shows its bones
to the blind world

the attention span of interest
adorned so far beyond
its sheltering premise
cannot breathe
to cry out

as if confession
canceled the deed
a corporation dresses
its starving victims
in gowns of cash
grown on stolen trees
feeding them candy
that keeps sweetening
the shorter it lasts

Featured art: People and Stones by Александр Саяпин.

Image used with permission from the artist.