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Little Girls, Little Boys (Newtown 9:30 AM)

January 1, 2013

A time for children you can’t quite hear,
the source of eyes that starts to speak, then begs,
as if they want to curl their tongue around your legs
and cry. Think snakes become an ordinary fear.
Think of a prism fired from a gun,
an impact inside a mirror no one can see,
the gods of glass, of glass majestic, cutting free
the rainbow from their skin, a shard’s fun.

And if you can’t repeat the drill—how to lock
the door, to pull the curtains tight, how to close
your eyes and make it depend on sight.
How to tell your ears to fill the noise
with something empty: empty bottles, say, empty toys.
How to die and not be dead, my little girls, my little boys…