decree

God, the numbers again!
cold figures entered
calculated processed

i am naught but a number
my daughter is a number
our custodial nights as well

all cleanly determined
all according to the law
all done by the book

income, value, claims
assessments, petitions
procedures, procedures

so very clinical all this
sanitized down to the digit
hearts sterilized by numbers

i want to curse, to swear
to scream and cry and wring
some feeling from these figures

but what would be the point
when they fit so neatly
into the online application

so courteously provided

Salt Lake City 19 Sep 2012

7 thoughts on “decree

    • Thank you, Robyn. I can hear the voice of experience in your reply, and I do very much appreciate your encouragement and your vision of my daughter and me.

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