Two Poems

Letting This Happen

With a smiling face
the toddler mimics
that cancer cough
slated to have his father
dead by next month
and, although the father
insists that his wife
stop trying to stop
the child, he storms away
with the intent
to make her feel guilty
for letting it happen.

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Belly Laughter

The divine
conquers
the devil:
even in celebrations
of evil (making
concentration campers
do overtly unproductive
work
like carrying salt bags
back and forth)
belly laughter
is possible.


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