Sacrifice

This is how to throw yourself
to the wolves.
First, render your body meat;
sweet venison
smiling.
Second, do not bite back,
or be alarmed at
how dark your blood is
against their teeth.
Third, kneel.
Let the bones break
like the sweet pop of pearls
coming undone.
Last,
remember, you are doe,
butchered brutal.
Remember, you are gift,
you are meat;
sweet venison
on their tongues
– eyes rolled back,
still smiling.

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