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Farming Silence | Lauren Ashleigh Kenny

The doe waiting to be skinned
stares like a quiet girl in the dark
straining for her mother’s voice.

Though it is not women’s work,
Ellie sharpens the knife.

There are no memories
in this room anymore,
besides the sounds of blood
drying on the uneven plywood
and the Blue Ticks panting at the door.

In another faceless room, 
a blind man reaches for a woman
whose absence is felt
like trying to touch a tongue
to a missing tooth. 

When she returns 
he smells field hands 
on her empty breasts.

Wet and silent,
the stone is ready.

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