Portioned | Andrew Jarvis

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Someone has shot an elk,
its warm body riddled
along the river bank.

It has started to rot,
its skin alive with worms
and crawling legs of ants.

The crows have perched on top,
the fur feeding them lunch
along with mammal wine.

The meat has been removed,
leaving the drips of blood
washing away in rain.

Its hooves have been stolen
to use for new weapons
to kill its young brother.

And then there are the bones,
broken as if beaten
by some hungry sea giant.

God must have wanted this,
each one of us eating
our portions of the world.

Andrew Jarvis is the author of Sound Points (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013), and he has published poems in Stylus at the University of Maryland, PennUnion at Johns Hopkins University, and The Federal Poet. He is a professional writer and editor, and he holds an M.A. in Writing (Poetry) from Johns Hopkins University. He has been an adjunct professor of English at the University of the District of Columbia. Andrew was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and he now makes Arlington, Virginia, his home.

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