Dust speaks its riddles on the mantle,
a child draws the face of a donkey-
Gun-toting men huddle against dark
corners, a souring of their mouths,
their eyes beacons lit by the one candle.
There's the sound of water dripping
that sound, the flitting of a gnat
trapped in an empty vase. Shadows
pass, then a grinding of the tank treads
crunching rubble, a gun turrets' grind,
moving into position.
and dusk, an infant cries, rubs sting
from its swollen eyes.
A man, a woman
rush to its side. The woman hushes
it with a soft-wail song.
The man prays.
Rain falls as if the world would suddenly
drown and everything would be green
and outside you could hear the birds
calling out from the fruit tree, a serpent
coiled on its bark, stretching to reach the apple.