Monday, February 6, 2012


It’s an echo of the question why, 
a boomerang of logic, the reason
for punching the little girl’s arm,
for breaking her new doll.

And bullies say it
with firecracker snap, owl-eyed
and with the whack and thump
of an eighteenth-century beheading.

Because is all the reason they need,
the way out of the pickle, the password
for the storybook door, the answer
to why the chicken crossed the road.

“Because” was originally published by Thorntree Press in Troika IV.

1 comment:

  1. ....the Kindergarten answer to a teacher's question.

    Loved your poetic words. Thank you for all your thoughts and reflections. As a retired teacher myself, it gives voice to a lot of the frustration that is rolling around in my head over this whole attempt at political manipulation of our pensions.
    Linda Walcher (IEA Retired)