In the Blood!!!
(Dedicated to Walter Palmer)

Don’t you just love football—the running and the tackling?
The sounds of hamstrings pulling and the crunch of femurs crackling?
We sit up in the bleachers eating hot dogs, drinking beer,
comfortably viewing blood sport—the kind we hold so dear.

Aren’t dogfights lovely–the growling and the whining?
Too bad they aren’t more elite, so we could watch while dining.
So amusing watching canines being dished their due.
Dying is so entertaining when it isn’t you!

Better still are bullfights, though they’re few and far between.
The bull so lithe and dangerous, the matador so lean.
The best part of the sport is that the dying is so slow.
I feel its thrill suffuse me from my head down to my toe.

We adore big game hunting in such exotic lands–
our chance to prove our manliness with our own two hands–
handing over money to those trackers in the know
who guarantee an easy kill with rifle or with bow.

Easy on the hunter, but not the animal,
for just because he’s hit the prey’s not guaranteed to fall.
We get more for our money if he’s hard to track,
and war games are more pleasant when one’s foe doesn’t shoot back!

All these minor titillations just a prelude to
the main event and the most major way of counting coup.
Once all the good old boys are finding life is just a bore,
they round up all the younger men and send them off to war.

See how the valiant struggle, see their stripes and purple hearts–
apt pay for missing arms and legs and other blown off parts.
Lucky to be home at last and lucky to be living–
the products of that blood sport that just somehow keeps on giving.


R.I.P. Cecil and the numerous humans
who have shed blood in unnecessary wars.
This post is 
in response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Game of Groans.” Think about an object, an activity, or a cultural phenomenon you really don’t like. Now write a post (tongue in cheek or not — your call!) about why it’s the best thing ever.

8 thoughts on “In the Blood (Dedicated to Walter Palmer)

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Scott. A timely topic. Hope something happens as a result of Cecil’s death..As for the war thing, it seems to be a universal need of the powerful and greedy or those so sure their way is the only way!

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  1. lifelessons Post author

    Thanks, Scott. A timely topic. Hope something happens as a result of Cecil’s death..As for the war thing, it seems to be a universal need of powerful and greedy or those so sure their way is the only way!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Scott. A timely topic. Hope something happens as a result of Cecil’s death..As for the war thing, it seems to be a universal need of the powerful and greedy or those so sure their way is the only way!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I know. There are times when it is impossible to hit that “Like” button because it feels like an endorsement of the horrible deeds described. I’ve felt like that a number of times this week.

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