WHEN I WAS A CHILD

 

‘la cicatrice joyeuse’ (René Gallet)

 

The smashed guitar
The trade in blame
The drunken shouts
The trust betrayed
The wasted years
The hidden cause
The guilty bed
The trembling boy
The parents’ strife
The good defiled
The frightened child
The weeping wife
The children’s toys
The wish for death
The slamming doors
The taste of tears
The words of hate
The worms of doubt
The weight of shame
The joyful scar