Very bad things (graphic)

Someone came running.
Said come and see.
They smiled strangely
as we took a shortcut
through the hedges, to the roadway.
There, a black cat that was mostly flat.
Crushed and cooking in the concrete heat.
One eye staring up, askew.
The other, a popped grape.
Introduction to prurience.
Smile no more.

Someone caught a snake.
A long sinewy garter.
Put a big red firecracker down its throat.
Then hung it from a thorny tree.
For all to see.
Attraction, and repulsion.

Playing house in a backyard tent
with someone they called “the dirty girl”.
Now, let’s play Doctor.  She said.
You show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.
Naïve confusion and uncertainty.

Someone laying by a bush on Mount Royal.
We were up there with our bows and arrows.
This person was a strange colour,
and had a crusty red hole in the side of their head.
Momma, Momma, Momma!
We ran.  Changed forever.

We were stopped at a gas station,
when we heard the sirens, coming from our left.
The loudspeakers blaring CLEAR THE INTERSECTION.
Straight ahead of us, a car speeding towards the same point,
with thumping music.  Oblivious.
They hit hard, and spun.
Bloody faces punched through windshields.
Horror and helplessness.


  1. OMG, you weren’t kidding when you warned us with that word – ‘graphic’ in the title. What I loved about this poem, and I really, really, loved it, is not how graphically you’ve depicted the violence, but the suggestion of the feelings attached to that violence and how one encounter changes us forever, wiping off innocence from our consciousness. It’s as if by just watching these things we have somehow been marked ourselves. Brilliant!

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    1. Lee Dunn says:

      Thanks so much, Pradita. All true life stories.


      1. You mean you experienced all this? That’s a lot to take in one lifetime!

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  2. gizzylaw says:

    Powerful! I can see it all.


  3. Wow! This was very powerful. Sad, and powerful. 😦

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  4. Revenge of Eve says:

    Wow. The things life exposes us to.

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