His arm stretches.

His ire rears at the rich, the miser,

their crass rites, their racism:




He crashes them,

trashes them.

The strays, the shame sisters:

they are his! They are his stars.

They eat.

He raises them.

He raises me.

He sees me.

Jeannie Prinsen lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Kingston, Ontario, where she teaches an online course in essay writing at Queen’s University. Her writing has appeared in Relief, Reckon Review, Juniper, and elsewhere.