Scott Struman


          JUDGMENT DAY

Christmas eve party.

Family gathering adjourns

to the ice cream store

with Mom and Dad.


Also cousin Steve, twice my age.

Brags to me about sleeping

with his girlfriend.

Too loudly I ask him

"Do you see her naked?"


Customers at Baskin-Robbins

castrate me with their glares.

Ice cream store owner

demands my departure

from a childhood paradise.


Not an ounce of sympathy

shows on faces of the jury.

My irate mom calls me

"a filthy dirty animal."

Dad snaps his whipping belt.

Copyright 2003 Scott Struman.  All Rights Reserved.

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