Kim Stafford is the poet laureate of Oregon. His most recent book is Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen Press). 

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by Kim Stafford 01-22-2020
A poem.

Illustration by Mary Haasdyk

A veteran slumped in a midnight
doorway was trained to kill, so killed,
and killing banished sleep.

A hurt child, now thirty-two, who
never had the food he needed, haunted
by his father’s blows, shoots meth.