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To my daughter, Aeschylus and Robert Kennedy.

"...to tame the savageness of man
and make gentle the life of this world."

After the Tantrum

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse22 Aug 2016

Four years'
unbrushed hair
sparked savagely

At the failure
to put tissues
back in a box;

The injustice
of impossibility
consumed her.

Now tear-moist
eyes, suddenly
as wise as

Aeschylus,
tell me gravely
to be kind.