Bullet I

"Monument" by Shannon Ellis

“Monument” by Shannon Ellis

Two weeks after the barn fire,
they slept dimly—

my parents in their separate
rooms—the pond

in back clearly visible with the barn
gone. A car on the road slowed

to a near halt. The shots filled only
my father’s room. When my cousin

went to jail, he refused to give
a reason. He escaped, changed his name,

does not know who I am anymore. He is not
who I think of when a bullet splinters

our living room window today. He is not who
I will think of for another week or two

after. Or that pond full of catfish—
burying themselves in the mud bottom.

By Stephanie Dugger

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