The Ox Butcher. {Poem} ~ Adam Byrn Tritt

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on May 15, 2013
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Dark Thoughts

Cannelloni beans, about a cup,

Five or six diced garlic cloves

Chopped quickly with a knife so well fit,

So sharp it enjoys being picked up, used, cleaned

Then used again on a turkey wing

Too large for one meal, too much for flavoring.

The blade slips within the joint, between the bone,

Into the space,

Through and around

So the wing is divided

But what cutting has been done?

The beneficial is achieved by allowing things to do

what they do.

Force your blood to flow.

Force your heart to beat.

Force a wing apart.

What a mess.

Place it all into a clear pan, add some coarse salt.

Allow it to cook.


adam trittAdam Byrn Tritt is an international bestselling and award winning poet, essayist, screenwriter, teacher, social activist and humorist. Tritt is the author of The Phoenix and the Dragon: Poems of the Alchemical Trans­form­ation, several works of nonfiction, Tellstones: Runic Divination in the Welsh Tradition; and his newest book, the delightful (and slightly disturbing) Bud the Spud.

Adam won the 2006 EPPIE Award for Poetry in an Anthology, and his first children’s book, Bud the Spud, won the P&E Award for best Children’s Book of 2012. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his work in religious tolerance and for the creation of TurningPoint, a nonprofit program providing alternative medicine to low-income individuals. He continues that passion today in the healthcare clinic he and his wife, Lee, dreamed of and created together—the Wellness Center.

He is equally at home speaking in lecture halls, giving public readings in bookstores, and visiting elementary school classrooms, where he can be found surrounded by children begging him to read Bud the Spud just one more time (while their parents and teachers beg him to stop).

Adam lives and writes—often simultaneously—in Palm Bay, Florida, with a dingo, and a ridiculously large alligator, all under a very big tree. You can find his stimulating blog—mostly essays, creative non-fiction and poetry—at


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Ed: Brianna Bemel


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