not to ask questions

hiding & listening

is what we learned to do

brought up

not to ask questions

of people older than you

we’d hide under the table

as the beer flowed

the talk became free

gossip got sung

on money owed

who’d been doing things

out of the light of day

these strangers

I rarely saw heard speak

hiding & listening

there at their feet

getting understanding

why they hated each other so

none better than the other

just united by blood

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