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The Woman on the Train-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
What Have Some of Us Become?-Poem by John D. Robinson
She Knows Something-Poem by John Lunar Richey
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

WHAT HAVE SOME OF US BECOME?

by John D. Robinson

 

She died aged 2 years old

weighing just 13lbs;

prior to death she hadn’t

eaten or drank for days,

100+  physical injuries,

belt marks, bite marks,

cracked ribs, missing teeth

and trauma blows to

her head, deep cuts stitched

with needle and thread

at home;

she was locked in the

bathroom and slept in the

bathtub covered in

blood and feces;

she was just 2 years old

when she was tortured,

starved and sadistically

murdered, like her life meant

nothing at all, no more

valuable than a fucking

falling leaf;

she had never once been

outside of the house,

neighbors didn’t know of

her existence;

her mother rides with

a history of drug abuse and

neglect of children and has

an IQ of 67 and

she is pregnant

with her 8th child;

her father has

a record of violent

assaults upon women and

minors;

today he was sentenced for

execution

and well-paid legal bodies

will plead for his life

like his daughter did for hers;

he is 32 years old guilty of

vicious cruelty and murder;

she was just 2 years old

and guilty of nothing;

her life was pitifully short

never knowing of love,

knowing nothing but pain

and suffering,

seeing no one but those 2

brutal bastards;

death must have been a

true relief,

although not a believer,

I like to think that she’s

now in a different place

and

getting to know of

gentle love.

 

 

John D. Robinson is a published poet; “When You Hear The Bell, There’s Nowhere To Hide” (Holy&intoxicated Publications 2016)  “Cowboy Hats & Railways” (Scars Publications 2016); a contributor to the 2016 48th Street Press Broadside Series; his work appears widely in the small press and online literary journals including Rusty Truck; Red Fez; Outlaw Poetry; Degenerate Literature; Haggard & Halloo; Beatnik Cowboy; Boyslut; Anti Heroin Chic; In Between HangoversYellow MamaHobo Camp Review; Eunoia Review; Zombie Logic Review; Horror Sleaze and Trash; Outsider Poetry; Your One Phone Call; Down in the Dirt Magazine; he is married and lives in the UK with his wife; 1 dog; 3 cats and swallows copious amounts of wine whilst listening to classical music.

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