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The Butcher

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English Poetry

Loneliness makes its onslaught felt

The hanging carcass in the butcher’s shop.

Life drains out

With drops of blood and tears;

The glassy stare of the severed head.

While God laughs

Slicing another piece of you.


  1. Vishvnand says:

    Very intense & the reality hitting the core of our very being & life.
    plead, please don’t be so realistic, allow us to breathe in our dreamy life….

  2. U.M.Sahai says:

    good one, showing the stark reality. But then it is his bread and butter.

  3. @U.M.Sahai, Its not about the real butcher or the profession. We are the goats and god is the butcher is what I meant

    • Vishvnand says:

      @anirban bhattacharyya
      We are not goats and my God is not a butcher. You are talking of a different God and you have every right to think & feel so just as I have my right not to think so. 🙂

      • Of course u hv the right to belief in ur ideas and perceptions. And that is the beauty of any piece of art or life. One sentence and it can have a thousand interpretations. All subjective to the author and the readers. I wrote this poem almost 15 yrs ago when I was dealing with existential WBA and trying to overcome my own fear of death. In my angst I saw god as the butcher beco I could not imagine why we needed to die… Hope that explain the angst. Incidentally Shakespeare in Macbeth wrote: ” as flies to wanton men, the gods kill us for their sport”. Similar view. Like people passing their time killing flies so does god kill us for his sport.

  4. Gion Gion says:

    A strange poem.
    A strange view of God.
    Sounds more like a description of the activity of a Greek god,

  5. medhini says:

    A nice poem of different view, Anirban.

  6. rajdeep bhattacharya says:

    mysterious ,well depicted

  7. rajdeep bhattacharya says:

    mysterious ,well depicted.

  8. @prachi, Hi… God is benevolent and he wants all of us to succeed and be happy… we interfere and mess it up 🙂

  9. @medhini, thank you for your kind words 🙂

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