Friday, 19 September 2014

House of Squalor

It just happened by chance -
a kid pounding on a neighbor's door
"Help me with the baby"
a badly looking infant 
covered in feces
rats skittering about
a room full of trash
police called in
house condemned
four children freed
the four that could
three babies already dead
buried in this squalor
their cries never leaving
always heard in the back
of their siblings minds.

And what about the mother?
Is she blind?
Does she not hear?
There must be something
that brought her here.
There must be a reason.
There MUST
be something
that brought her here
a ghost of herself
floating in the headlines
haunting us all.

©Kristina England
Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her poetry and fiction has appeared in many magazines, including New Verse News, The Story Shack, and Poetry 24.  Her first short story collection was released this year, a detective series, "Stanley Stanley's Investigative Services and Other Mysteries," by The Poet's Haven Author Series.