Tin roofs built by bruised knuckles.
Aluminum shingles with newspapers shoved
in the drafts between pretend roofs
and make-believe walls but frigidity
snakes in: bites like dry ice burns.
Winter is a thin tin sheet away.
My lungs fill with snow chilled air:
asthmatic burn and infantile pneumonia.
hunger pangs and stomach eating muscle.
screams: mother’s and my own.
blood is the color of violence.
red is the color of our walls.
My body does not know how to forgive.
It offers no pathway to forget
the times mother embraced
wind creating the cold
of standing alone.