Slash

Aunt has received a brown paper

envelope from prison.

We open it. The warden explains

how Father has been attacked

with a cutthroat razor.

His throat is slashed.

He is making a recovery

in the infirmary, but cannot

speak. Thereafter, Father

will be kept in solitary confinement,

to prevent any recurrence.

I feel queasy, and look hard

at my little brother.

He is perfectly composed.

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