Jorge Antonio Renaud





She felt her need. Tied her knots.

A rope. A towel. A sheet. A



She touched their hair. Woke

the first. Stroked her

cheek. Left


her swinging in the air. Called

the second. Held her hand.

Fit the noose


around her neck and hugged

the third. kissed her lips. Slipped

her softly from her


bed and, as she swung, went

back. Once more, Hung her head.

Asked her final child to


please. Keep still. Don't weep. Closed

her eyes and hers and hers and hers

and joined them in their sleep.



(Posted in this space April 29, 2013)


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