Prison Chant

Marilyn Buck

[This poem is read by devorah major MP3 of this poem]

Cassandra is on the phone
her screams bounce off walls
staccato chant
          Jesusfathergod
Jesusfathergod
Maurice listen to me
Stop listen to me
listen
listen
you must be responsible
I’m not there
take care of your sister
help her
I don’t care
she’s young
you’re grown
20 is grown
I’m sorry you must
be responsible
I’m not there
Let me talk to her
LISA LISA
Jesusfathergod
Stop
listen to me
listen to your brother
TIME OUT
what’s going on
Stop STOP STOP
Jesusfathergod
I’m sorry

no the phone has cut me off
I need more time
please let me call again
I know you’re next
please
please Jesusfathergod
I must call back
I’m going to call again
I know it’s your turn
you have to wait

          Maurice I’m sorry
I’m not there
what can I do
I know your brother’s dead
yes I told
I had to
to come home
yes I’m still here
you’re there
you’re alive
you must be responsible
I’m not there
I’m still not there
jesusfathergod
jesusfathergod

This poem appears in Rescue the Word 

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