(17 October 1938 / )

Child Logic

The smallest girl
in the wild kid's gang
submitted her finger
to his tomahawk idea -

It hurt bad, dropping off.
He knew he'd gone too far
and ran, herding the others.
Later on, he'd maim her brother.

She stayed in the bush
till sundown, wrote
in blood on the logs, and
gripped her gapped hand, afraid

what her parents would say
to waste of a finger.
Carelessness. Mad kids.
She had done wrong some way.

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I wanted to write 'like her, I too am so scared! ' The r from 'her' got inadvertently dropped.
'She stayed in the bush till sundown, wrote in blood on the logs, and gripped her gapped hand, afraid' - like he, I too am so scared!
A gapped hand is very painful for an, the more for a smallest girl. This is awful. It is always the wrong doing of an. Poet of Ayers Rock, this is not right to blame the small girl.
She stayed in the bush! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
what her parents would say to waste of a finger. Carelessness. Mad kids. She had done wrong some way........touching expression. Beautiful poem.
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