Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Boy at the Paterson Falls by Toi Derricotte

Boy at the Paterson Falls
I am thinking of that boy who bragged about the day he threw
     a dog over and watched it struggle to stay upright all
     the way down.
I am thinking of that rotting carcass on the rocks,
and the child with such power he could call to a helpless
     thing as if he were its friend, capture it, and think of
     the cruelest punishment.
It must have answered some need, some silent screaming in
     a closet, a motherless call when night came crashing;
it must have satisfied, for he seemed joyful, proud, as if he
     had once made a great creation out of murder.
That body on the rocks, its sharp angles, slowly took the shape of
     what was underneath, bones pounded, until it lay at the bottom
     like a scraggly rug.
Nothing remains but memory—and the suffering of those who
     would walk into the soft hands of a killer for a crumb of bread. 


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