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[scraps] two ways to castrate a lamb

by Eli Skipp

one way to castrate a lamb is backed by the Humane Society. the ASPCA. those
sorts of places. one pulls down the babe's testicles and wraps the base of the
scrotum in a tight, tiny, thick rubber band. over time, the balls just fall right off onto
the floor in tiny double-lobed heaps, like little useless fruit.

the second way to castrate a lamb is tradition, and perhaps regional. there is
snipping involved, and biting involved, and noises like pulling two halves of a piece
of canvas apart. it is more like clipping from vines than waiting for your harvest to
fall off. the testicles end up in buckets.

the first way to castrate a lamb is horrifically disabling. the lambs shiver. they lose
balance. they huddle in piles in corners of paddocks and are sick all over and
cannot stand. it takes a week.

the second way to castrate a lamb is momentarily bloody, and leaves the lambs


Posted on 09/16/2009
Copyright © 2022 Eli Skipp

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Jared Fladeland on 09/17/09 at 02:28 AM

You. Are. Messed. Up. Kidding. I actually really do applaud this. Its courageous. And of course its such a paradox what is considered humane and inhumane.

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