they knelt around the fireplace
“help us change help us change”
their parents said “santa is not a god”
but someone/something heard and
on the morning of the second
their beds were empty
jonathan was grass in naturpark südschwarzwald
christy was an ounce of h2o in lac d’annecy
peter was a stradivarius violin
michael was a sea lion on raspberry island
their parents filed police reports
and grieved and divorced and didn’t
know how cruel their children had been so

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