City Meat

by G.E. Simons

Honey fin vinegar coagulates in rinds
Beneath the dorsal incisions
Of red snappers, flaccid on porcelain slabs
Tangled in jellied window hooklands
Flourished with Rastafarian garlands
And brown glass bottles of colic milk stout

Bluish drums of bloated white fish bellies
Greying cattle tongues and pig hocks
Are left at collection points in commerce zones
And loaded onto corroding junk yard flatbeds
Bleached of slobber offal with power hoses
Internal meat shanks for Sheffield boil down houses