the doctor’s house

how loud the sound
must have been

and how distant

the sound of horror
landing upon a home

sending innocence to
a heaven that proves itself
undeserving of these spirits.

what sound could prepare
anyone to hear the sound
of a father’s cries

daughters slaughtered

for what?

to keep a people
behind walls

to strangle them
in a barren patch of land

to tell them it is
pointless to tell the world

to what end?
to what end?

what good is that land?

what good is a world
made with hands
bathed in blood?