The Butcher’s Best Friend


Sweet scent of smoke hung like a greyish sheet

There in the shop at the end of the street

The comers and goers paid him no mind

If he had a job, not one I could find


But he lounged there all day, nothing to say

As people strolled in and good money paid

When he rare arose, he’d be gone for a bit

Then lazily return, again he would sit


The butcher worked hard, the freshest meat known

Cleaver all day sliced sinew and beat bone

As dusk fell, anyone could plainly see

The butcher, as tired as one man can be


But before he did retire, dinner he brought

To this silent partner, who had done naught

For a moment, I envied his lazy life

No cares, no needs, and absent of strife


Idle all day while the other sells meats

Rewarded in pay with the finest of feasts

Dining on the scraps of cattle and hog

Oh, what a joy to be the butcher’s dog


18 Responses to “The Butcher’s Best Friend”
  1. beth says:

    ah, the ending!

  2. Got me all caught up and not prepared for that last line! But how appropriate and fitting!

  3. You took me on an absolutely wonderful journey.

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    Not a bad gig.

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    The description and activity is easily seen on this busy street with this man sticking out. The flow of the stanzas are lovely Brad and that last line a big surprise. Sending love ❤️ Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks Jonikins! This poem started with the last line. Everything before that was written to set the stage and throw you off the scent of whom the speaker is talking about. Glad you enjoyed it!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        You are a very cleaver poet my friend. I loved this poem and you completely caught me off guard. I don’t know how you find the time to write as much as you do. However it is a treat for the rest of us. Hugs and lots of love, Jonikens xoxoxox

      • Brad Osborne says:

        I don’t know how either…probably because I do little else 😁

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Actually I think you are just very talented and also disciplined. I really admire that about you. Have a wonderful evening Brad. Sending hugs and love, Jonikins 😘🤗❤️

  6. kristianw84 says:

    Oh, how I love those playful, surprise endings!!! ❤

  7. Jim Borden says:

    Loved the ending – not what I was expecting! Well done, Brad!

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