He prays for

the two lobsters

left in the sink,

by his father.

 

The boy knows

there is no hope, even

when he pours water

over their heads

 

producing temporary comfort,

a twitch of worry–if he fills the sink

too far they might leap out.

He thinks of people forced to jump

off the top of burning buildings.

 

Streams of water deflect off

their brown bent shells. The ocean

as far away from them as any love

in the world from him. Any minute

 

his parents will be back; he surrenders

upstairs to his bedroom, hits his knees

in guilt, prays the lobsters won’t feel

the pain of being boiled alive.

 

He’ll strike a deal with God, if He exists

that prayers be answered conclusively,

he walks downstairs to find his mother

moving the lobsters to the freezer.

 

 

AntiSocialCover-2-300x463Timothy Gager is the author of nine books of fiction and poetry. He lives on www.timothygager.com.

 
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