‘The Use of Fear’ by Hilary Sideris

The Use of Fear

after Temple Grandin


Wise handlers scare

cows just enough to make


them move in single file

but not panic – they’ve seen


the havoc fleeing cattle

wreak – anticipate & thwart


the drive to form a churning

knot around the boss.


They know the sadness

of the weak who don’t lie


down, but mill & pace

at the herd’s edge.




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