To be believed, they say you must be bruised or ruptured, vaporized, turned to particles in the smoke,
how poison ivy causes the skin to blister. 

Have they forgotten so quickly? Before laws and judges, there was Motherhood, lionesses fighting on the open plains.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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