DISREPUTABLE VIGNETTES/ Emi Ito

Disreputable Vignette III

My mother often said people are layered

like onions

Myself, I always thought they were more like

cloves of garlic

The little ones are usually heartless

but they’re easier to crush

Disreputable Vignette IV

how tirelessly you try to make me squirm

with ribaldry

little do you know i was married once

with children

yes, it was not long ago that

i was eleven

but long enough to turn me spiteful

So

i destroyed a family today

you know them

those damned dandelions encroaching on

our pavement

into which we carved

our blossoming hate

i kicked them into the wind

as i thought of you

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