house arrest

February 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

another afternoon
meditating on criminal
depravity
with a bowl of pretzels

I crunch on
arson rape murder
I chew on images of
embezzlement
kidnappings
terror in American homes
all this
and
more until the
bowl is empty

I push around the salt
at the bottom
with a dampened finger
stretching my interpretation
of horror

a spiral downward
only halted
by a granddaughter bursting
into the room
with flowers pilfered
from the neighbors garden
this too a crime

a crime
of innocence true enough
but as I watch another
war raging on the
television beyond
her gap-toothed smile
I can’t help but think

maybe
if only for her own good
a couple years of
house arrest
just might
be in order

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