Untainted

Little one, I come to this place again

Where vines crawl like snakes to wrap themselves

Around the stone in which your name was carved

The humid air stay still

Not one leaf turned, not one bush swayed

I want to bring you news from home

About father’s constant battle with his demons

Liquor, gambling and women – is there no end in sight?

Mother tries to camouflage the gloom with sunshine

But who can she fool with her smile and gentle hands?

I know you are safe and warm where you reside

I don’t wish you to come back among us

If only to spare you from our folly

And for you to keep us, untainted, in your memory

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