D. B. DEVILLIERS

Poetry

Tag: children

Ceramic Angels

I read a news article
it said: parents and
children
came and placed
ceramic angels and stuffed
animals along the barbed-
wire fence

it said: one white teddy
bear held a heart that
said: “besos y abrazos”

it said the police lost the
boots they kicked the kid to
death with

it said the child’s father
had decapitated him
after he had killed
him

it said:
investigators also found a rolled-
up yellow sweatshirt soaked with
blood
and a blood-
stained blue nylon
wallet containing the victim’s
photograph
a note on the back of the photo said,

“from big brother to little brother.”
it said he had been decapitated

it said parents and
children came all day
and placed ceramic angels
along the
barbed-wire
fence.

Youth

It’s amazing how these things could happen so often
that preprinted cards exist expressly for descriptive purposes
issued casually
and it’s proof that there is no god
or if there is a god at least then it’s proof that
he and the devil are one in the same
that caskets can be built
so small.