The Price of Meat



A consideration for the three Abrahamic religions regarding God’s Commandment: “You shall not kill.” (Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17)

And a response to the dieter’s mantra: “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.”


A moment on the lip:
A being now a R.I.P.

A moment on the tongue –
The lifespan of the young.

A moment in the gut:
A lifeline sharply cut.


A moment in the pan,
…Your lifetime stopped by scan.1

A moment of addiction,
…Your lifespan now affliction.

A moment of desire,
…No lifeline in the mire.


A moment on the plate,
…A long wait at the Gate.

A moment in the throat,
…A lifetime Satan’s gloat.

A moment on the lip,
…The Fire and Hell’s whip.


A momentary thrill?
…The price:

“You shall not kill”!


Heidi Stephenson




By Heidi Stephenson

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