Boy soldier is 9 years old.
Over the course of 9 months
He’s shot over 900 people.
Boy soldier likes when the gun
Boy soldier likes when the bodies
Boy soldier likes when the blood pools
Around the blank dead faces.
Boy soldier sits in front of a
Screen all day.
Boy soldier wishes he had a real gun.
Boy soldier is bored.
Boy soldier’s babysitter is always doing something
On her phone.
Boy soldier hasn’t been outside for 9 days.
Boy soldier hasn’t seen his father in 9 years.
Boy soldier’s Mom is always gone for a minimum
Of 9 hours a day.
Boy soldier wants to shoot his dad.
Boy soldier is sick
Of his Mom being too worn out
To read to him before bed.
Boy soldier can’t wait
To make the motherfucker pay.
Flying to California
I’m in the air and all I see outside my window are arteries
Mother Earth’s varicose veins
And 40 million scattered bodies on their way
Back into their mother
Buried beneath her flesh
Azia DuPont, a Minnesota native, currently resides in Southern California with her husband and their three children. She founded the small press, Dirty Chai, in 2012. You can find her online via Twitter @aziadupont
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