TX. 12/19/16

In the graveyard
of little Ms. Carries
lie

A trillion tiny mounds
of life-soaked tampons
buried in meticulous rows
of legislated regret

just another cemetery,
but this one belongs to
life’s potential deaths
mourned not by moms

but by nationalists
who pray to push them down
beneath the constitutional ground

but their silly white strings
keep germinating
through the parched cracks