That’s Farming Journalist Catherina Cunnane, interviewed Louis Hemming last week to receive an insight into his career as a poet and writer. Read the interview here.
what fate awaits in co-op mart,
my helpless gaze melts mothers’ hearts;
strewn dark droppings, damp urine dribble,
floors underfoot, no grass to nibble.
loudspeaker echo, auctioneer voice,
pushed into pens, I have no choice;
i miss fresh field smell, open air
and farmer friendly shepherd care.
now push-bundled, trailer cramped,
crumpled papers signed and stamped,
then ferried off to certain slaughter,
brain bolt aimed, farewell “still waters”.
i did not come to purge your stains,
i cannot claim to loosen chains;
i'm butcher bound - not lamb for sin
- merely meat, wool and warm sheepskin
Photo: Dora Kazmierak