fatal

i.

after they shot her repeatedly and fatally in her own home,

their new chief, wondered aloud,

“what monster must they have seen?”

he saw his grandma.

 

ii.

is the pain different when you can say,

he looks like my cousin

my brother

my son.

is the pain different when you must say,

he is my cousin

my brother

my son.

 

is my saddened bystander pain anything?

will it ever be?

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