The Playground

Bounce the ball

In the air

Watch it fall away

Discover you’re holding

A human head

Now it’s time to play.

Swing in the air

And back to earth

Scrape your feet on the ground

Onlookers cackle with great mirth

As the noose is wrapped around.

Tag, you’re it

Here’s my hand

You hold it just too long

Drops of blood speckle the sand

A blade to right a wrong.

Against the wall

You close your eyes

We’re playing hide and seek

The men with guns take aim and then –

You promised not to peek.


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