The headline said there was no smell

of human decay in the car trunk...

The girl’s body may have been

in there anyway, securely wrapped

in a plastic bag, the police

sergeant was kind enough to add.


If you were the mother or

if you were the father or

the brother or the sister or any

damn relation whatsoever, and if

you could read the language

of this appalling headline

(English, be forewarned),

then you would understand the meaning of Hell.


If, on the other hand, you were blind or dumb

or blessedly deaf to the announcements

made later in the day on CNN or NPR,

you might glimpse the sight of Heaven,

what was once your bliss.


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