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Torment
by Lee Garrett

Monday, September 20, 2004
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Sometimes, innocence is lost in increments...a few molten tears at a time.

Years ago...I remember...

My older cousin led
with churning thoughts
and dark eyes brimming
with mischief..
Beneath his foot,
a frog lay belly-up,
helpless, in anguish.
In one hand,
he held a lighter.
In the other,
a melting straw.
Hot wax dripped,
falling, burning.
and I had to wonder:
Is it the power you enjoys?
The dance of flame?
The transmutation of plastic?

Like the frog, I feel
the weight of your interest
bearing down on me
as you smile.

"Cool, huh?"

I nod. 
I am a child
who is not yet brave
enough to disagree.

Lee Garrett
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Reviewed by Winsala O'Seun 6/8/2009
I like the way it ended nice work Lee.
Reviewed by Mary Quire 5/4/2005
This a very powerful poem. I think every child, at one time or another, has endured a situation much like this one. It is by our own growth and wisdom that these memories are pushed full force back into our mind. Too bad that we weren't given those gifts when the events came into play. Such is life...

M.Rose
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 9/28/2004
"I nod.
I am a child
who is not yet brave
enough to disagree."

Sadly, there are also many adults who are not brave enough to speak up against acts of violence and terror. Good, strong write, Lee!
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 9/24/2004
whoa!!!
deeper than my mind can handle at this time
under her spell hm....
becareful you don't want to explode
enjoyed!!!
Reviewed by Robert Montesino 9/20/2004
Many years ago when I was a younger, I watched a man shoot a dog then attempt to justify himself by saying he was only doing his job. His job was caretaking the property of a cattle owner who left instructions that any stray dogs found on the property were to be shot. I watched the dog who was gasping for breath, choking on his own blood as he was dying. I looked over at the man who was older than me, my contempt, disgust & anger reflected in my glaring stare. His eyes met mine and I sensed his disappointment that I would not, could not, share in the excitement of his kill. I walked away in silence feeling sick & ashamed that I could not stop him. I stole his joy that day & he stole my innocense. When I read this poem I thought about that day & connected instantly with the sentiments expressed.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 9/20/2004
"Sometimes, innocence is lost in increments...a few molten tears at a time." So true. Great write. Enjoyed.
Reviewed by Donna Quesinberry 9/20/2004
what an interesting comparison

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