the rage of parents

Photo by Jill Burhans.
Photo by Jill Burhans.

when daddy gets mad the big barn
gets jitters
in its bones if he gets really
mad the barn crashes into

it collapses and lies there
like a broken leg
on the empty prairie under gray
cloud and everything
is big and dead
for a long time

when mommy gets mad a stone castle
we saw in our
dreams explodes like a planet
tight things locked
in its dungeon
rocket up – bats and wounds
and red shrieking

then the castle
is gone and there is a singing
meadow its flowers are
Saturday morning and Stevie whistling
and everything scrubbed

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