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 belonging to
life’s potential deaths
mourned not by moms

but by nationalists
who pray to keep them down
beneath  constitutional ground
hoping…

their wormy white strings
will germinate into iron bracelets.