Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

On the Murder of Five Amish Girls

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

On the Murder of Five Amish Girls

Article excerpt

We wanted, want quiet.

Next door the milk soured.

Heaven is, was simple.

Skipping, oh skip, skipped our daughters.

We think, thought in a spirit of

handshake and glad to meet.

Our sons pull, pulled only balls from the air.

Who knew the dairy brewing brewed?

Who knew from his truck?

He delivered bone builder.

We drank, drink from his cup.

We wanted, want prairie.

The sparest syntax possible.

Our harvest: bullets

to our backs. An eye for five f lowers.

Where wast, art Thou?

Children run, ran over the prairie

with news of the invasion.

Quiet? The lynx

in the schoolyard. A snakebite

to the heart. In our plain eyes

everything blurs,

blurred.

[Author Affiliation]

ELISA PULIDO {epulido@aol.com} has published her poetry in, among other periodicals, River Styx, The Ledge, The North American Review, Margie, Another Chicago Magazine, The Tor House Newsletter, and RHINO in the United States and in Interchange and The New Welsh Review in the United Kingdom. …

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