Yesterday the tallest boy

put a stone

between his teeth

and began to chew.

He showed

his mother

what a mouth can do

when pushed to extremes

and that a ransacked home

is only a ransacked home.

Yesterday all the tallest boys

made their enemies starve

and quickly gathered up their toys.

They showed their mothers

the order

and discipline of the dead.

Then they ran

to wash their hands

and listen

to the news

in the form of lullabies.