STOP

BY SARAH ROSE H

STOP!

Too late

Metal

Like crumpled newspaper.

Two bodies

Like broken rag dolls cast aside

Surrounded by shattered glass

 

S      I     L    E    N    C   E

 

A single moment

Blissful peace

                                                and then…

          a horn

blaring continuous eternal

          twitch

                             the horn               still blaring

seconds str et   c    h

l        i        k       e                 h       o        u       r        s

                             then a new sound

red                                 and                      white

white                   and                                blue

SIRENS

                        Help

 

And there he lies

A broken doll

And I’m there too

Even as I sit on the couch

The phone rings

I see mom answer

I know that face.