Two Rituals

Joshua Bolton

In Mongolia, among Tuvan
throat singers, the sons of Ghenghis Khan,
animal blood is not to touch the ground.

To quietly end a highland beast’s life
an incision is carved along the
chest cavity, letting loose bursts

of purple arteries and fats, through which
a native hand enters, immediately
pinching the aorta, arresting the heart.

Jewish tradition established that
ritual amelioration of
sin occur before Yom

Kippur. A chicken is
grabbed at its legs, waved atop one’s head
and set aside to be slaughtered.

haTarnegol yelech le’mavet
ve’adam yizkeh le’chaim arukim.
The chicken goes unto death, and man
unto the merit of a healthful Year.

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