Umbrella Shell

wouldn’t it be sweet if
each news broadcast
simply concluded

with the precise total of neighbours that
weren’t raped and devoured or
drawn into cage’s coldest

in same dozen
hours a cycle

printed bold pink at
top of screen

not so i can contract my ache
for those grim and gone or
left hanging from dried
out tree

but so i may enjoy the rustling
sway in noose tree’s
remnant leaves

and yes, i know a thankful thought
won’t dissolve every
pill numb pain

and so?

i still grab the black
umbrella when it



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