We Never Give Them Names
    Teresa White
Begin with cows:
dumb and big-eyed
and slow-moving.

Pigs are alert, bright
and suspicious. They know
the ramp means no exit.

Who cares about chickens
with their non-sentient
feathers and beaks?

Fish come willingly.
shimmering with scales.
They hardly feel the knife.

Teresa White's work has been published in Avatar, Blue Moon Review, Conspire, Eclectica, Eye Dialect, La Petite Zine, Mefisto, Melic Review, Octavo, Riding The Meridian, and Savoy. She was nominated for a 1999 Pushcart by Melic Review.


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