Per Cod

COLLATERAL DAMAGE

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: September 28, 2004
Awarded: September 28, 2004
Like my sister?
mister?
like?

every day there
boys selling girls
young girls
even younger boys
brother and sister

cigarette in their mouth
knife in the pocket
skinny kids
with no smile on their faces
humiliated and beaten

children without childhood
alive
alone
living?

their only possession
body and soul
sold
for a pack of cigs

plastic bag
‘n’ some glue
to keep the world
and those in it
away

This poem inspired “A Vision Downtown” ©Copyright September 24, 2004 by Faye Sizemore