One Poem. One Planet. April 25, 2017

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25.

By now the children know my name
those that still talk even pronounce it correctly
and this pleases me

they shout it in the streets
where men lift them high
to bolster courage
or test for enemy snipers

Others, the children driven from their beds
still carrying the moon’s silence in their mouths,
their breath soft as ferns,

never speak again
hoping this will keep me from coming

It won’t

I am the red havoc who brings
fire to reflect in their eyes,
smoke to darken their skin

Where there was a door
through which they once returned home
I provide concrete cratered
with a hole the correct size
for their small bodies to fit
and this too, pleases me

–Arlitia Jones, April 25, 2017

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One Comment on “One Poem. One Planet. April 25, 2017

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