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Dreaming of Utopia for Kids




Dreaming of Utopia for Kids

The elephant stepped

on her newborn in the zoo.

The youngster, inconsolable.

Human parents are better.


Your silence, telling.

It’s louder than gasps

of children abandoned

in hot cars.

Softer than rumbles

of empty stomachs.

Lost amid screams

of unspeakable abuse.

Peppered with gunshots

in schools, neighborhoods.

I want to hear hammers

pounding nails into change —

soothing voices offering

teddy bears, singing lullabies,

chatting while serving sandwiches

with the crusts cut off.

(This is the second in a series of poems by Poetess SylvIa Vaughn which The Arachneed will be publishing in the coming days. )


Sylvia Riojas Vaughn photo

  Sylvia Riojas Vaughn is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has been selected as a Houston Poetry Fest Juried Poet three times.  She belongs to the Dallas Poets Community. Her work appears in Red River Review, Triadæ, HOUSEBOAT, Diálogo, Desde Hong Kong: Poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), and anthologies and journals in the U.S. and abroad.

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