All of Us Are Born in Blood

All of us are born in blood
but those born in the Abattoir
smell it every day – a 
reminder that our death 
is imminent and will be swift
and bloody
Elsewhere, childhood is different
bloodied only by scrapes and falls. Elsewhere
People are free of the smell of iron in their own hair
, sweat, clothes. They are 
free of the taste of it

From All the Rage (Nightboat Books, 2021) by Rosamond S. King. Copyright © 2021 by Rosamond S. King. Used with the permission of the author.