Tuesday, April 28, 2015

He Is Six and She Is Three

when they’re sent to spend what’s left
of their innocence with their aunt,
the older sister of their now dead mother –

beaten to death with the fists
of their now imprisoned father
who loved them both with a rage

so red his bare knuckles bled
into their screaming mother’s face
until there were no screams left

while the six-year-old brother held
his three year-old sister curled
all the way under the bottom bunk

as she sobbed until there was breath enough
to ask why their mommy just won’t be good
and why isn’t he crying, too.

Eunoia Review - April 2015

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