More than Thoroughbreds

You shall not eat the fat or meat 

of animals that died in the field.

Go grease a wheel or oil a shield, 

don’t lick your fingers or have a meal.

Make offerings of living things, 

but keep your teeth away from fat.

What’s God’s is not for you, upshot. 

Be satisfied, ‘cause that is that. 


What binds us into families 

is stronger than the bonds of blood.

We’re more than horsey thoroughbreds 

united through a common stud. 

We live by trust, so when we must,

we sacrifice so all can eat.

Our hungers for what some deplore 

we’ll keep in check without deceit.   


Photo:  by  Darius Soodmand on Unsplash

Source:  Leviticus 7:23-27

Text:  David Alexander, 2021  CC BY-SA 4.0

Tune: Ye Banks and Braes, Public Domain    


Audio:  Used by Permission  

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