here suddenly
at the end of everything

a couple arrested
but not before they've raped
a four year old girl in
a wheelchair

not before they've filmed it

or even deeper

a man who rapes a
nine month old baby

tries to choke it to death
but it lives

is this mercy?

is it a future you'd wish
on anyone you loved?

these small moments like
the shadows of planes across
snow-covered fields

this farm forty minutes north of
where i dig for the bones of
never-born children

the dogs with their ribs broken

with their wounds infected

the sickness which spreads
from moment to moment

the horse starved to death in
a barbed-wire pen and
the animals that consider its corpse

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