FREEING UNCLE JIMMY

By Ritagail


1937
(March 28, 2004)

Our beloved Jimmy is
Dead.
Cold.
In the ground.
No God to bring him back.
Stay away
From those God peopled churches.
Just stay away.
Don't sing
Christmas songs
To me,
Not unless they can come
From the lips
Of our sweet Jimmy.
Winter Solstice be damned,
And so be the screams
Of the bereaved mother
Giving birth.
He's not Jimmy.
He's not our Sweet Jimmy.


1961
(March 28, 2004)

Shut that brat up
Before
I come in there
And
Shut you both up.
Easter Monday,
Born alone.
Knocked up Mother
Knocked out
Cold.
Trapped Father
Out
To get something to eat.
Alleged nasty nun
Attempts fairy godmother-like blessing
Over
Unwanted non-Catholic child,
Prior to the Right
To Life campaigns,
Knowing full well that this pearl
Will have a luster that only the
Holy Trinity can see.
An Easter Monday child
With too far to go.


Oak Valley Graveyard
(March 28, 2004)

I wonder
If my life
Would have been
Different
If my brother
Had lived.
Sheep on tombstone.
Little Pearl plays with the sheep
Only in her mind,
Because,
If she touched it,
She might get hit by Daddy
Who is quiet while
Contemplating his dead brother Jimmy.
His ghost brother.
His smothered shadow
Why didn't you help me
Brother.
Little Pearl plays in her mind
With the sheep
And the dead little girl
Cold
Stone and soul.




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