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First Line: Little arms ripped out
Subject(s): Honey

Little arms ripped out
of their sockets,
belly devoured down
to the backbone
while Honey was at work.
How could a dog named Eddie
do such a thing?
Sheriff said it was her fault
for not feeding the animal.
Is there such a thing
as food for thought?
"Had no business leaving
them kids alone nohow."

Honey Dripper, Honey Dripper
(whose legal name
was Eartha Romance)
had three children --
Mona Lisa Romance
Paul Romance
Molly Romance --
all born under morning
stars and out of wedlock,
and each to a different
silent or lost father.

One's dead
and the other two
they say are out there
in the State's hands.

Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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