Holly Day

Just Making Conversation

It’s strange how we all have so many of the same parts inside of us. 

we have lungs and a heart just like a squirrel’s, a digestive system that looks

indistinguishable from a pig’s. if you were to gut a pig and a man next to one another

in the morning, you wouldn’t be able to tell which pool of rusty-red dried blood 

came from which creature. If you slit a goat or a dog or a rabbit from neck to navel

all of the organs fall out in the same sort of bundle, just differently-sized.

 

I don’t know what I’m telling you this for, but you decided 

that the empty seat next to me was some sort of invitation to conversation. 

If you don’t want to talk about the things I like talking about, perhaps 

you should find a different drinking companion. 

I could tell you something about the steer that lost his hide 

to make these leather pants I’m wearing, tell you all about the things 

that lived in the trees cut down 

to make this here bar we’re drinking at, 

but I can tell you’re the type of guy who likes simpler stories than these.

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