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Wednesday, August 26, 2020


by Marilyn Peretti

 Now it’s Jacob

and his little boys
    saw it all
    from the back seat
the 7 shots
    to their Daddy’s back
as he got into the car

7 shots
    into the lifeline
    his spine
and he cannot walk

Now it’s Jacob

Whose Daddy will it be
    next week?

Marilyn Peretti, poet near Chicago, dreads the news every day.