Natural Born

by J.E. Beville

Stomach is howling as you grow
More aware of everything
Flipping through the pages
Everything you find starving.

Images of bikini clad strangers
Oiled buttocks sunbathing in Acapulco
Not posing, not consensual. Your

Wife and unborn son beside you.

Thirty years later, a photo album
Full of meat
Pictures of scared subjects
Shaken just before the click.

Shooting birds tall as children
Throwing dogs and shoveling snakes
Shaking a rat in a garbage can
Stunning then burning it.