Hog Roast

whole hog
only half roasted

we ate it anyway
tearing off thin strips

the pink muscle
tissue dripped

fluids down
our chins

we savored the char
the crunchy skin

a young man
had just graduated

he imagined the future
as one does at 21

an open road
stretching before him

not this
hulking corpse

neither raw
nor cooked

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