three strikes of life (Argentina)

I can’t go to church anymore
even though my parents believe that it is a must
for I have killed someone and got blood on my hands
and therefore am going to hell

I could admit to them that it was self-defense
but that would make them go even more gun-crazy
and what we need is more regulation
not less

and no amount of pleading will bring Samhain back from the other shore
but the old boat metaphor won’t work this time
for it implies that the person got to say goodbye first
not a bloodbath reminiscent of a birth almost never survived

and no amount of tossing and turning
will shake the memories from my head
of a road well-spent in festive silence
and a road with a horrific trip in stained shackles

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