What they did yesterday afternoon

a boy was shot twice
we ran like children
chasing goats before Christmas.
His mother sold boiled eggs
and her body
to pay his school fees last semester,
today she cannot send him
on errands to his father.

they shot a boy twice.
another hash tag begins to trend,
it does not bring him back,
it does not take the shooter-
it is not a checkmate
it is not a stalemate
it is not anything at all.

Younglan Talyoung

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