I wanted to kill a woman the other day
. for wearing jingle bells on her ankle
. while walking through the graveyard.
It reminded me of ancient times
. when silence was next to godliness
. (and people didn’t have cellphones).
A person could be severely punished
. for making too much noise in a public space
. (I bet they would have cut off her foot).
In the cradle of Civilization
. noise pollution was serious business
. (I might’ve been happy to hold it down).
When I was a very little girl
. I beat up an old tree stump
. in the backyard with a dog chain.
I pretended that the old stump
. was my mother’s Ex boyfriend
. and whipped it until I couldn’t anymore.
. Recompense for abuse.