The Curse

(Tom Barlow)

Pity the poor cow, the pig, the chicken, the lobster, born with the curse of being delicious. This comic take on the sad reality of predation makes the point that even the human being can make a sumptuous meal for the right predator.

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Earl squints, he draws a bead Gives the herd a little lead, Squeezed the trigger, dinner killed, He likes to have his belly filled. He sets the snare, he baits the trap, Lunch walks in, neck-breaking snap. A slice or two it’s in the pot Kids come running while it’s hot. Lamb and chicken, boar and sow, Trout and salmon, calf and cow, They’re something more than just nutritious They have the curse of born delicious A piece of string, a sharpened hook, A fishing worm, a shady brook; One by one, they take the bait, One by one they meet their fate. Mahi-mahi, cod and seal, Bluegill, catfish, tender veal, They’re something more than just nutritious They have the curse of born delicious The hunter rises with the dawn, In search of rabbit, deer or fawn, Thru the woods he slowly creeps, To catch his prey still fast asleep. He hears a noise, he turns to see Teeth in the overhanging tree He moves too XXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XX XXXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXX X XXXXXXXX XXXX XX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXX XX X XXXX XX XXXXX X XXXX XX XXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXXXXX