Laurence Overmire

Our Baby Boy - Poem by Laurence Overmire

(The parents slammed him against the wall)
When they didn’t listen

(Beat him upside the head)
When they didn’t answer

(Locked him in a room without supper)
When they went to work all day and night

(Put a shotgun in his hand)
When they didn’t pay attention

And finally, never asking what he needed
(Laid the wreath upon his grave) .

(Previously published in No Alibi Press, Feb.2002)

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 10, 2008

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