Sacred Cows and Sacrificial Lambs

Sacred cows, what we won’t give up
Not that Holstein, Jersey, Hereford
But, how about that beef with your sister, or
that cow you had over losing the business deal?

Maybe it’s that professional mask you wear, or
your fetish for Levy stonewashed jeans, or
that beard you’ve worn since college, or even
your spoiled son draining you in your old age

Sacrificial lambs, what we give up
instead of what we should give up
Could be anything we don’t really care about
Anything but a sacred cow

Maybe it’s drinking diet Pepsi
instead of surrendering that chocolate addiction
Could be keeping your dreadful current job
instead of growing the career that’s right for you

Sacred cows, what we protect
to keep from changing
Sacrificial lambs, what we surrender
to keep from changing

This entry was posted in Poem about Protection, Poem about Surrender by Don Iannone. Bookmark the permalink.

About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: Wisdom Work Press:

12 thoughts on “Sacred Cows and Sacrificial Lambs

  1. Paul: Thanks. Lincoln Park Zoo at that. Inside us, a zoo train. Along the way, I’m dreamin’ of a moon shadow. Moon shadow, moon shadow…

  2. and then
    when we look out of the window
    or in the mirror
    it’s all changed anyway 🙂
    (but i still keep a herd of cows and a flock of lambs) 🙂

  3. I could read this all day, over and over, may be I’ll print it and hang next to the mirror in the bathroom. Nice one Don, thank you.

  4. Fadzly: Thanks for your nice comment and glad you enjoyed this one so much. I continue to be amazed by your photography that captures life in all its beauty and splendor.

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