Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
August 1st, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 171,812 comments.
Lee Upton - Hog Roast

If the town celebrates
his roasting
it's their right. He's their hog.
He's pork now. 

His life in the mash has gone sour.
The bad fairy presides
over his crispy feet.
The prodigal has come back 

and does not need
such company.
Now the fires licks this one all over.
Now the fire is giving its best 

hog massage. Who will
eat this toasty face?
Corn-fed hog is sweet,
but sweet as a dog to the prodigal, 

he's pork now.
And he cannot know better next time.
He cannot cry to the prodigal:
You, little one, shod 

in your doubts,
run along to your gorgeous friends!
He cannot cry:
Let me see your back! 

He's pork now.
So we can kiss—if we want—
his blarney lips.
So? So we're home, 

barely edible,
lonely with the whole town.
So no one's lonely in hog heaven.
No one's got cooked feet.

Share |

Added: Feb 21 2003 | Viewed: 1737 times | Comments and analysis of Hog Roast by Lee Upton Comments (2)

Hog Roast - Comments and Information

Poet: Lee Upton
Poem: Hog Roast

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 14th, 2014 at 11:38 AM.
id wonder if you cou

id wonder if you could tell me the name of the band you had on sat night,they were from chelt,boutique i think ,grt night to hadnt been in since the rerefb have to say i was amazed well done love it regards rachel ellis

Lebah from Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
Comment 1 of 2, added on April 27th, 2009 at 11:51 PM.

Ms Upton is coming back home to a small town's Hog Roast, but she's writing from a distance, "It's their right" and from sympathy for the Hog. And that sympathy goes all the way to "hog heaven" because she knows how happy the pigs will be in heaven. So do I. Bless the beast and the poet. trb

Tom Buchanan from United States

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Hog Roast, has received 2 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Upton Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore