I Can't Come Now
(News Release: Jackson, IL--The body of Sarah Jackson, 32,
was found in her home by a neighbor who went to visit. Police
are seeking her husband for questioning.)
I can't come now; M'ya will not get up
from where he left her lying on the floor.
He wasn't going to be home until late,
or so she thought, and had just said to me,
"At least for once we'll have a peaceful day,"
and teased me with a scrap of purple wool.
But Greatboot came and chased her laugh away
Stamping and shouting like he always does.
He slammed the door, but missed me with his kick.
And called the name his mouth uses for her,
"Sarah! Where's my lunch?" He grabbed her arm.
She half-rose from the rocker, and he said,
You good-for-nothing! I'll show you the way
to be a proper wife! Now fix my lunch!"
She tried to pull away. His slap was hard.
He did not try to catch her as she fell.
"Ah, go to Hell," he mumbled, and was gone.
This blood is thick, and tastes the way she smells.
I hear you calling to me and I know
you want me to come out, but not just now.
I can't come now, M'ya willl not get up
and Greatboot did not open any food.