Free Verse Poetry


“your daughter has committed suicide”
my brother-in-law said
to my 80 year old father

“and it’s your fault! tonight”
after years of domestic
abuse, violence and insults …

he rang back of course,
crazed, demanding, belittling,
meek, puzzling, accusing.

we rang the police
of course. they were
annoyed of course.

she rang later
of course. i took
the call of course.

she hung up on me
of course. i unplugged
the phone (of my 80

year old parents)
of course. after decades
of it … and now

another new year of it,
i write another poem,
… of course.

© 2017 Melinda Irvine
Daily Prompt: Year
I'm part of Post A Day 2016


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