© 2012 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

The Killing Shed

He has a place off in the woods where,
when a cow gets too old
or a horse can’t pull,
he takes them.

Theory is,
if something’s no longer useful it should die,
because he isn’t living to support anything
that can’t pay its way.

I grieve each time I see him striding by
with some miserable creature,
terrified and bawling often as not, on a rope.
He’s none too gentle about it, either.

I lost count after a few years,
it isn’t possible to remember
all the faithful hardworking beasts
he’s dispatched as soon as he notices their infirmities.

It isn’t that we don’t have the land.
There’re acres and acres of open fields,
enough to support for a few last good years
the animals that make our prosperity possible.

I tried – just once – to convince him to pasture them out
while they could still enjoy the sun and the grass.
He looked at me with his twisted smile
and never said a word.

Gotta give him this much –
that shed is spotless.
He makes sure all the blood is hosed off
and burns the bodies in a far-away pit.

Now I’m standing in the kitchen.
I’ve just dropped a bowl full of batter
because the damnable arthritis in my hands
has made them clumsy.

Come to think of it, I broke two glasses
the other week, accidentally clinking them together
a little too hard when emptying the dishwasher.
Oh well, plenty more glasses up on the shelf.

© 2012 RC deWinter

Digital oils from a photograph by friend and
artist Constance Widen,.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Filter Forge,
VP5 Gothic Oils


shed, woods, trees, realism, rural, building

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  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayover 2 years ago

    very interesting concept. wonder if it should be used on humans.

  • The point of the poem, Mark, is that he’s going to kill HER.

    – RC deWinter

  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayover 2 years ago

    i didn’t read the whole thing at first. now I see it. thanks

  • No worries…:-)

    – RC deWinter

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • Many thanks, Francis.

    – RC deWinter

  • Nira Dabush
    Nira Dabushover 2 years ago


  • Thank you, Nira.

    – RC deWinter

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


  • Indeed…

    – RC deWinter

  • Conoro
    Conoroover 2 years ago

    Sheesh! This is brilliant, but from now onwards when I see my kitties sitting on the tree stump waiting for the voles and mice, I am going to think of you and your poem :-) It’s brilliant OXOXOX

  • I couldn’t help it, dear friend.. When I was done the name came into my head and stayed there. I painted it awhile ago. The poem must have been bubbling in my subconscious and once it was written I was able to post them together. XOXOXO

    – RC deWinter

  • Conoro
    Conoroover 2 years ago

    LOL! I will tell them that you have have immortalised them. He dined on an unfortunate little vole in that exact spot today! oxoxox

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