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 Whose withdrawn ways of showing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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