Beautiful Child

His name is Lalieth and he’s afraid

to eat vegetables.  He comes from

 

the Himalayas, and I know nothing of his

culture, but I know what mine is doing

 

to him.  At school, he tries to make friends

then is suspended for sharing

 

the chewing bark his father gave

him.  Because he was so traumatized by

 

camp living, he is drugged with the antipsychotic

Risperdal by doctors who try to control his 12 year-

 

old fits of angst, anger, pain, but mostly fear.  He’s a child

who knows eating anything from polluted earth

 

will make you sick. Whose withdrawn ways of showing

me he trusts me are all evident in that

 

indescribably gorgeous child’s face.

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