Crumbs Of Cruelty
After starving her of nourishment for years,
he knew just the right words that would hurt her best.
And when he spoke them at last to her famished ears
her face crumbled like cake cooked in arsenic.
As for him, he was hungry as a horse, eating up
every last morsel of her misery without remorse.
A resident of Denver, CO, since 1999, Rev. Daniel Klawitter is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and a full-time community organizer who works on issues of economic development and workers' rights. He has a BA in Religion Studies from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals both online and in print, including: Sacramental Life, Quietmountain: New Feminist Essays, Blue Collar Review, Indelible Companions, Struggle: A Journal of Proletarian Literature, The Progressive Christian, Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on the Current Immigration Debate (from Orbis Books), The Smoking Poet, Cyclamens and Swords, The Atonal Poetry Review, Penwood Review, and Umbrella: a journal of poetry and kindred prose.