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Bloody Burdens

21 Mar

Aunt Betty breaks into a phony smile

You hug the façade and kiss the lie

At 40 you’ve met her ten times

Her words cannot create a bond

She grips your hand tightly

and says your skirt is too short

Her Lord has been faithful

But its’ you who must find her son a job

You sell cakes from your kitchen

Her ignorance demands a date in an office

You are late and need the bathroom

Aunt Betty’s age has the right of goodbye

You strain in this tango of falsehood

 

Uncle John is the Head-of-the-Family

His duty a five minute call

He laughs at your baking ‘cottage industry’

And boasts of his new Mercedes Benz

Your tongue tastes the vomit

But asks for more poisoned counsel

On the sixth minute he ends the talk

of your broken right leg

Your son shouldn’t have been shot at Christmas

Uncle John will not leave his treat on the beach

The Head-of-the-Family is pissing in your face

Instead of turning your back, you open your mouth

Unable to cut off a toxic bloodline

 

You can’t hear her

You can see her clearly

Her mouth gestures violently like a criminal

as she riffles through your desk

Lucy your daughter slaps your hand

when you reach for the papers

Suited men hunch over the table like bears

the day the nurse does not return

An over salted stew signals a harsh world

Where you see the dentist when you cry

The music is loud and the laughter louder

A thirst inducing racket behind your locked door

In the morning Lucy laughs at you

through wisps of wicked smoke

When she turns

You raise the hammer to her head

And strike

As many times as she made you cry

BT

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3 Comments

Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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3 responses to “Bloody Burdens

  1. btwamuyu

    March 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Burdensome and sometimes abusive family relations. In our culture seniority in age gives privilege that may be undeserved. And thats me on the photo…(who knows where to get free pics on the internet?)

     
  2. stevehallsbooks

    March 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I wish you all the strength you need to continue on.

     
  3. btwamuyu

    March 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Asante! (Swahili for thank you)

     

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