Bugs

Mischief
majestic
a pocket full of
match sticks

Pre-teen
burns shelled bugs
not yet blackening
his young lungs

An angry child
playing god
a backyard monarch
lifting up logs

Unfairness
unequaled
release through
used syringe

Subjecting
crustaceans
to saline injections —
hot salt of his tears

Revenge mis-
directed
prayers go
unanswered

Unfamiliar
with ripples
stones cast
& effects

The dying
are dead
and the living
make amends

And bugs will cozy up in skulls of the gentlest of souls.

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