“A Tanka Trio (5)”

(c) 2021 by Michael L. Utley


It is only blood
Just a cut on father’s head
Battered mother weeps
I have slain the beast for now
Ten-year-old son dies inside



In the backyard ball
Bounces against shed all day
Louder louder must
Drown out monster’s roaring voice
Dusty tears streak child’s face



There are things that I
Should not know but can’t forget
No child should be forced
To defend his mother’s life
Against father’s flying fists

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