Daddy's Belt

by Kevin Rottweiler

daddy could not stop

whipping the children's backs

a drunkard he was

but he quit drinking 40 years later

from lamb to alligator

or alligator to lamb

probably a good man

life was fantasy

without ecstasy

the house filled with cockroaches

and mice

that prayed for help

so the traps would not get them

nobody was allowed to go to church

there was poverty and dreams

from alligator to lamb

from lamb to alligator

pray and see you later

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