Breaker of Men

Bed.
You breaker of men
and evil foe
of small children;
you terror whom they
have bound themselves
to battle
(it is in their blood)
have you conquered again?

From the beginning,
it was not meant to be this way,
the nightly battle, clearly,
nature intended something else-

for children to fall asleep,
peacefully,
in the backs of moving cars.

Franco Bertucci


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