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We butchered

2013 November 26
by Rachel Turiel



* yes, Rose is wearing a stuffed bra. We get home, I take mine off, she slips it on. Latest inexplicably coveted item along with braces.






We Butchered

By Col Hinds

We butched all night, we butchered all day

We butchered a roadkill deer today

You could hear the chop chop chopping

Of our knives on the cold red meat

The ground was covered with snow that day

I said, “I think we’re going to do this all winter this way.”


20 Responses leave one →
  1. Sara Parks permalink
    November 26, 2013


  2. Judy permalink
    November 26, 2013

    Love Col’s story- poem

  3. November 26, 2013

    I love Rose’s hair! And hello? Meeeeat!

  4. Kate permalink
    November 26, 2013

    I want to come live with you for like a month just to know what it’s like being you!

  5. Terry Howe permalink
    November 26, 2013

    Is that a Weston grinder? Looks like it does an awesome job.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      November 26, 2013

      It is, and it does.

  6. Elena permalink
    November 26, 2013

    Absolutely wonderful.

  7. Andrea permalink
    November 26, 2013

    Awesome. In every way.

  8. November 26, 2013

    That shot of the spices makes me swoon. Still trying to figure out exactly what Rose was writing on the packages. She spells like I did at that age (and did until I was in my mid to late 20’s). We’re doing turkeys today.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      November 26, 2013

      “Bayfield deer sausage.”
      Happy (other) Turkey Day.

  9. Emmanuelle permalink
    November 26, 2013

    What a wonderful poem. I think I’m a little in love with Col.

  10. Susan S permalink
    November 26, 2013

    Col Hinds, Poet Laureate of Tupperware Heights.

  11. Hillary Ross permalink
    November 26, 2013

    love the poem

  12. Carly permalink
    November 26, 2013

    Mmmmmm. What are all those spices you put in your sausage? I’d love to try them in my next batch! That is, not of deer sausage but of the beef/pork blend I make.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      November 27, 2013

      We mix it up year to year (har har). But must haves are: fennel, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin. Next tier: rosemary, chile powder or smoked paprika, sage, coriander.

  13. Jessica permalink
    November 27, 2013

    Col’s poem is amazing!!!

  14. November 28, 2013

    those children of yers…they are so sweet and squeezy and smart and lovely. love them!

  15. December 10, 2013

    That reminds me of my own childhood. I can think of at least two instances where we butchered a roadkill deer so the meat would not be wasted… I don’t know that I ever waxed poetic about it though!

  16. Emily Reynolds permalink
    December 10, 2013

    Go Bayfield!
    That looks delicious : )

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