Something overflowed, some tragic spilling in this poor torn-up country.

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Something overflowed,
some tragic spilling
in this poor torn-up country.

Someone held his son up to him,
locked his arms under the boy’s arms,
as if he could wake up,
hug his dad.
It was the moment of hope
in his, the father’s, eyes
that stayed with me—

hope as he placed two hands
on his son’s head
tilted it back
to see what lived there,

or maybe hope that it
wasn’t his son.
Then the crushing recognition,
pitiless pit of dismay, disaster,
profile of despair.

An existence of little or nothing
was large now,
a huge gaping
emptiness,
a world dissolved by grief.

He wept,
embraced his son’s corpse,
It was his son.

His son.

His son!


Charlie Brice is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (2016), Mnemosyne’s Hand (2018), and An Accident of Blood (2019), all from WordTech Editions. His poetry has been nominated for the Best of Net anthology and twice for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in over eighty publications.


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