A Moment Before…
Ten month old Mary
was stomping awkwardly in her crib,
a frantic ranger putting out a forest fire.
But there’s no warning flames of death,
and Mary now lies silent in her crib,
a motionless Barbie doll minus the strings
to make her walk or talk or cry…
The deafening sounds of Mary’s non crying
turn her parents into spontaneous
yet synchronized sprinters,
covering the five yards to her crib
in one second flat.
They beg Mary to move, but don’t sob;
their eyes are dried out wells,
having lost infant Mike the same way
a short-yet-eternal year ago.
Tom and Tammy both sense
they’ve married a serial child killer.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
has claimed four victims of the Fry family.
Richard Sponaugle was born 4-20-60 in Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia. He received a BA from George Mason University. A prolific poet and songwriter, he has been published in many venues.