My Child’s Burden

I am my child’s burden

every time he hears suicide

he sees my rotten brown

parasitic eyes

I am my child’s burden

every time she smell hooch

she remember all her “uncles”

I hope they treated her well

I am my child’s burden

every time he hears loud noises

he sees the blood spilling

from my tears

I am my child’s burden

every time she sees a cop

She remembers the numbers 5 to 10

I am my child’s burden.