Small-Eyed Witness

He steps lightly when he leaves his bedroom
and takes cover in a hidden alcove of the kitchen.
At five, the kid knows his old man is dangerous
on days like this, when work is scarce
and the top of the Vodka bottle
is face up on the kitchen table
before sunrise.

Dennis J Bernstein is the host/producer of Flashpoints syndicated radio news magazine on Pacifica Radio. He is author, most recently, of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, which received the 2012 Literary Achievement Award from Artist Embassy International. His poetry has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Chimaera, Bat City Review, The Progressive, Texas Observer, ZYZZYVA, Red River Review, etc. Read other articles by Dennis J..