July 2005 / Volume Six / Issue Four
John Sweet
EVERY 14 SECONDS AIDS TURNS A CHILD INTO AN
          ORPHAN



or this 13 year-old kid next door who
stands in his front yard
waving a gun while
i move the baby away from the window

this idea that democracy doesn't mean
the same thing for the rich as
it does for the poor

or maybe no ideas at all

maybe just a silent prayer for
jessica lunsford which
tastes like nothing more than the shit
that spills from the mouths
of politicians

maybe just a prayer for myself

a blessing for a my children or a
promise to my wife or a story that
begins
this 13 year-old kid next door
who stands in his front yard
waving a gun


a story that ends
without someone dying

it happens from time to time
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