collateral

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


collateral
 


frugal with the hours
past the evening news
your husband checks caller id

this call is coming
from the clement neighbor who
confides across your fence

from a sterile room
removed from visceral war
her soldier flew a drone

to a classified location last week 
their baby daughter arrived
with wide and somber eyes 

you've browsed tonight's images
television off
afterimage remains  red

a hijab tumbled by
the smoldering corpse
of a car

near the wheels
a glitter purse
melted over shards of glass

god
pick up the phone

 


Submitted: October 31, 2020

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