of course the washed up body of a 3 yr old boy
will make you stop and reconsider public policy.
there is no such thing as compassion fatigue
only the calculating unwillingness to consider
someone else’s story as real as your own,
unfolding during bath time this evening.
while you washed your child clean and
brushed her teeth, another dad, unable
to keep two kids afloat, let go of one
and then another, watching the vast
hope of home and rescue and raising
a glass on their wedding day, disappear.