Ritual
By Brad Evans

She watched them string
her child up

this came before the cutting
of the throat

and the disembowelment.

They peeled away
the child's skin too

as if they wanted
to make a rug out of her.

They didn't quite figure
why the mother

was so distraught

pining away her child
until she, too,

died of a broken heart
barely 2 weeks on.

And you're reading this
as if I'm talking

about somebody's child

and not just some
dumb

bloody cow
who had feelings

like we do.