to enslave with domestication

dog by scavengercat808

dog by scavengercat808

to enslave with domestication

it is always superficial, caused by humans without gumption.
their hearts are frozen. their dysfunctionality, contagious.
i am preoccupied with difficulties. the air is too cold.
with temerity i shiver. the communal sun radiates not on me.

a treasure from my mother might be a memory of times past.
it’s a species thing. natural. days of wretched misery.
hours of dolorous suffering. i am stabbed by unblunted thorns.
calluses form as if I were to transmute into an uncultivated cactus.

i question the distress in the experience of humanity:
to savor. to self-reflect. to engage in life with exactitude.
to appraise with attitude. to enslave with domestication.
i stare with solemnity, “is protection around the corner?”


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Written for:

Magpie Tales – Mag 190

Also posted on:

Open Link Night ~ 107

Image credits: Unknown, from Magpie tales page

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on October 13, 2013, in Animal, D’verse Poets Pub, Dogs, Magpie Tales, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Humans without gumption, indeed…nice to see you at Magpie!

  2. enslave with domestication—fine phrase.

  3. whew…a rough life eh? there is a downside of domestication…a sunjugation of the will of another to that of another….even if in the name of protection….

  4. he deserves much better. Well done!

  5. A bit wise, a bit witty. Well done.

  6. Dysfunctionality is sadly contagious. Nicely done. Thank you.

  7. Gday Zongrik , great to see ya, yeah, it can be a dogs life !
    But i wouldnt swap it for quids

  8. Excellent write. Poor fella – enslaved he is.
    Anna :o]

  9. I enjoyed your piece along with the reading via SoundCloud.

  10. Lovely work! Loved the photo too. So sad.

  11. Sophisticated writing, 3D reading!

  12. “Zongrik” has been included in the Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

  13. sad very sad,it makes a thought to me.but great write I see.

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