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Letters to the Bat


by Rebecca Lu Kiernan

You put hunger in the dog’s bowl,
Gum in the crematory urn,
Kerosene in the birdbath.

You turn on the water to start a fire.

Sometimes I wonder if your dead mother
Called you from the bathtub
And whatever you said is what pushed her
Over the edge
And sketched
The comic book character
You have become,

Copyright © 2012 by Rebecca Lu Kiernan

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