Belle the puppy
bonded with us
caterwauls my exit
bemoans abandonment

Burnett infants
clung to my legs
pleaded and wailed
“Daddy don’t go”

Divorce trauma
“No one loves me”
fell into the pit
confronted abandonment

Kathy kvetches
“You’re not connected”
advertises intimacy
fears isolation

stalked by COVID
buffered from family
simulates abandonment

Commandante Trump
lies and bullies
crumples democracy
promotes abandonment

Written by : Bob Burnett