bleym • stawr • ming


assigning blame
(or as the euphemism experts denote:
demanding accountability)

starts young; the handing
of guilt from adult to child, the heirloom

of ownership
carried through families

holding gaslit torches
to blamestormed flames

through holiday
through phone
for generations back

but not forward—not anymore;
not in my house.


we roar at starlight
because if we protest inside
we will be placed in solitary confinement

as punishment
for anger towards
the elders who taught us to roar.


her mink shawls
accentuate sacrifices

she made to decorate
her hollow vessel,

same as the crown
of past acceptances

and the shackles
of future shame.



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