Nov/Dec 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 6 Poetry |

Poem Not Ending with US Border Agents Tear Gassing Migrant Children

“. . . it’s natural. You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.”
  — Ron Colburn, Border Patrol Foundation president We drowned the witches in triple-distilled spring water. When we cracked the skulls of striking miners, we did it with truncheons carved from the finest old-growth hickory. We lit the inconvenient darkness with our torches. We lotioned our hands before we choked, polished our boots before we kicked. Let no one forget we chartered those thousands of cruises across the Atlantic. The night before the protest, we fed the dogs with diced lamb kidneys. And what is a stone — really, after all — if not a piece of history, formed by millions of years of geology to fit just so in our hands? We can verify the ropes were one hundred percent American hemp. When you cried out, we closed our blinds to protect your modesty. The cell was so spotless, you could eat off the floor. The guns were always well-oiled. The blankets were incredibly soft.

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