The Souls of Children Died in the Wine Garden(Draft 0)

The snide videos
proved the teachers
hated the parents, and
especially me

I caught Mary’s teacher
berating my child
in a zoom thing,
I began my research
on a curse.

My child was always odd
and the teachers hated her.

When the UFOs came
and abducted a teacher
we, parents, were not concerned.

Picking off the teachers
of the Wine Garden club
was a good thing:
the aliens had a purpose
for them: needed them
for a scientific study.

The parents
were not concerned about that;
there were more important things.

School resumed in the fall
five days-a-week
full time, but
it was too late
for Mary

Mary had had a little lamb.

In the fall
I visited Mary
in the cemetary, but
her grave was disturbed

When Mrs. Marxwagon,
Mary’s teacher, said
she would sue me
for placing a curse on her,
I laughed; that’s not
a legal term.

I told her
if the lamb bothers you,
eat it.

The Center for Propaganda Control (CPC)
said the outbreak looked like rabies.

I don’t know why
I wished Mary would be alive —
I thought it was a harmless thought
and the visions were delusional from grief.

The nightmare was so real, and
and I woke up hearing myself scream —
I saw Mary walking to school, and
she said, Mommy, I failed the test.

I got in my car, but
the lightning was so angry, and
the rain was intense, the circadas
rose from the ground and the birds
ate as many as they could, and there
was the stench of death and decay
in the eerie fear invading my soul;
in panic I drove to school to see
if Mary was there and desparately
I loved her still, and thought perhaps
like a miracle she was alive, and
passing her tests like
a good little girl
so precious and pure

The authorities were busy
in the front of the school
surrounding the UFOs

I climbed a tree and
jumped onto
the roof of the school.
The cicadas were
crawling all over, and
the birds were swarming.

I came down the stairs.
I saw Mary.

She and the other
dead children
were eating their teachers.

It was a good day.
The authorities
stormed the building.

The aliens vaporized them all.
I suppose they’re friendly.

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