BETRAYALS
(c) Kevin Higgins, 2007 (in Vallum 4:2/5:1)

        When the bombers refused to turn
into butterflies, and the Workers
         went down the road chanting,
“They say fight-back!
          We say cut-back!”

she put on her
            stop-doing-that-now face
and counterattacked with evening
            after evening of pure thoughts
and proper posture; accompanied

           her gluten-free muesli
to the verandah and watched the seagulls
           flying towards her;
as she took out and weighed
            all our betrayals.