SAW U STRETCHED OUT IN ROOM TEN O NINE
Late into the night my cousin + I discuss anarchy He believes
big money big brother +shadowy industrialists own the world
The petite bourgeoisie still lulled into torpor with their bon bons +
chintz seats And today anarchy reigns Right there on my Bubbie’s
street up in North Toronto A lone driver in a white van Mayhem on
a Spring day Orange body bags People running bleeding +sceaming
Local newsies ask imbecilic questions: Did people run toward the bodies?
Yes And away from them Anarchy as in the fall of Rome when moral
backbone (do Sapiens have one?) broke down This week too in India an
8 yr. old girl Asifa Bano was raped +murdered She from a nomadic muslim
tribe 2 of the 8 gang rapists were police officers 1 was a priest They are all
The rape of children is not uncommon in India, where 1.3 billion
people are squashed together in an area smaller than Quebec.
There are 54 child rapes each day, and the number is growing.
(Globe+Mail April 21, 2018.)
A few years back I worked with a 4 yr. old boy Adopted at 2 Apparently
the agency did not know much about his birth family Dig deep I strongly
suggested During each session a vivid depiction amidst choking +screaming:
A baby is trapped in a stroller in a motel bathroom Smoke rushes in from under
the door More crying +choking ensue The baby cannot move
Many months later a package from the agency An old file uncovered Parents
were drug addicts living in a motel 3 children locked up for hours on end No
food No toileting And yes a fire My client the only escapee In our mind’s eye
we see smoke filling his nostrils +lungs Arms strapped down in stroller Later
in sessions he will tie the doll baby in place with sadistic pleasure
The months add up to years Sessions shift to the savannah where our boy
becomes enamoured of elephants Tenderly lifting them out of bins washing +
feeding them And as he begins to thrive outside of the playroom Our good-bye
party looms One day he says: The great thing about elephants therapist is they
have their own hose!
Today in our national newspaper the obituary for Daphne Sheldrick Saviour of
Africa’s orphaned elephants When Daphne was asked in 2009 why she admired
elephants so she replied: Their tremendous capacity for caring. They have all of
the best attributes of humans and not many of the bad.
We can add to this: hoses The healing epiphany in the playroom? Many
elephants were brought to the motel They showered and fed the babies when
they were alone in the dark And when the smoke came they knew just what to do
That’s the great thing about elephants But no elephants on the streets of Toronto
To stand in front of citizens as the white van approached Or even a lone elephant
To lift the troubled young man right out of the van with its hose
Bloody Monday April 23 2018
A little too heavy this early in the morning while I’m fasting. Sad testimony to man kind (oh Trudeau would want me to say woman kind).