Heard and Held

Captain Kindness by Anke MacLean

Entering data daily
For the Department
Dutifully and with diligence.

Traveling by night in a heartbeat
From moments of cruelty 
To places of violence
From hours of brutality
To the instant of the latest abuse

But seconds before it happens

It’s a superpower. 

The not-yet victims are whisked away
To cotton-wool-confused safety

But the perpetrator
The villain
Is wrapped tight
In a cape 
Smelling of sweet, aged, lavender
Fuzzy with grandma’s love
Full of stories and lullabies
Until it turns salty wet


Until the dam breaks