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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

LIKE FATHER,
LIKE SON

by shaun lawton



mommy came back
opened the door
junior was staring at
the kitchen floor

mommy asked him
what was the deal
his eyes glinted madly
shimmered like steel

answer me son
harshly she spat
quit playing games with me
she turned her back

his eyes turned red
claws stretched through skin
little sweet junior boy
started to grin

mom turned around
managed to shout
and died slowly gurgling
her throat torn out

junior growled low
turned on bent feet
and waited for daddy
so they could eat

RAGGEDY BUMS

by shaun lawton




A candied apple
a merry-go-round
a mugging at
the subway stop.

Popsicle sticks
litter the ground
a switchblade
opens a cop.

Sunny faces
freckles too
freebasing
in the slums.

Clowns painted
happy clowns
made up sad
into raggedy bums.

Candied apples
merry go rounds, or
freebasing in the slums.