Baby M Gets her Wings by S. E. Ingraham

They sentenced your mother;
with time served, she’s got
eleven years left.
I wonder will you rest easy now,
or fly off to whatever heaven awaits
the babes of murderous parents.
..
You have been so long with me,
but after hearing of the abuses
perpetrated on your sister
and you—she lives still,
as does your brother,
I’m sure you know—
The dead being omniscient
to these things
I seemed unable to shake your
spectre loose.
..
It was almost as if until it was done:
—the arrests, charges, both trials,
the sentencing’s—
I knew you couldn’t depart
this plane,
needed someone to keep watch.
Perhaps it was foolish of me,
but it felt like a stewardship
of sorts.
Now, today, I felt your
angel-wings unfold
as you took the sky at last.
..

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