“Chicken For Valentine”


At my friend’s wedding

waitress recommends

the free-range quarter-chicken


in fine herbs.


Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day;

you were thinking of a chicken breast

in mushroom and red wine sauce.


Whenever we celebrate

a chicken must die.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday)

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