another absent father

whether unwed, divorced,

or imprisoned.


family needs stability, child lacks security


boy without manly model,

abandoned heart.

educational system poor fit,

disillusioned mind.

socialization by bullies,

tormented soul.


when slow burning anger eventually flares into violent rage,


why are we surprised?



An open letter in quadrille form, linking to d’Verse Poets.



if denied the warmth they yearn

rotisserie hearts predictably turn

enflaming selfish tongues to burn


glowing embers smolder & smoke

rising ashes threaten to choke

old conflagration easily stoke


innocents witness this ugly scene

wonder what white hot words may mean

soaking up pain of blame too keen


pour confessions’ water on flames

douse wildfire of relationship games

let forgiveness speak our new names