Monster and the Daughter

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Painting by Annie Kuhn

Monster and the Daughter

In the girl’s colorful dresses hung
from the cloth-line,
can you see the monster with
a red eye, flanked by its cronies
whisper to the girl?
Her mom does; it resembles the one
in her nightmare;
she grabs it but it escapes through
between her fingers;
she tries again and again;
her hand and soul ravel;
petals in the hales;
she pulls her daughter closer;
the girl runs off,
thinks her mom is the monster thrusts her
in the dark maze.
Mom moans, hopes she’d get out of the shell;
after all, she’s herself.

©Byung A. Fallgren

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