a strand of her hair was wound round
the infant’s finger – choking
the flow of blood

when they took it from her arms
and they watched the white extremity pink
they thought they’d done well
as they opened two wounds
that will not heal


a Quadrille for a d’verse prompt : wound and wound

it doesn’t take the thrill out of it:
I know that I know that it’s a show
like the snake and the mongoose
on a ragged street corner but
I stand outside watching myself
watching us guessing what is play
and what is the deadly serious show
of us


couldn’t come up with a decent title in 2 minutes.