After the man moved into the home
the boy’s toilet behaviour regressed.
The man was twenty-five years old.
He flushed the boy’s head in a toilet
carpet-burned his face
bruised his ears by twisting them
stuck a drawing pin in his penis
inserted a pen in his anus.
The man was sentenced to
six years nine months’ in jail.
When the offending took place
the boy was three and a half.
She had a call from school to say her son
had kicked a hole in a toilet door and sworn.
When they got home she bent him over the table
and gave him six whacks with a bamboo cane.
She said he apologised for his behaviour
said he wouldn’t behave like that again.
Later, when the boy was asked to help
he swung a baseball bat at her husband’s head.
This time she gave him a sharp lesson
hitting him with a small riding crop.
She denies she assaulted the boy.
He’s been removed from her care.
The couple went for a drive
to Titahi Bay Beach where
he stabbed her to death.
The pathologist said
stab wounds to her front
punctured her heart.
Stabs dotted her back.
Her hands were crossed with
A defence of provocation
would be put forward
said his lawyer.
She had thrown down
the bunch of flowers
he had given her.
This poem was published in Landfall 214 in Nov 2007 and relate to actual events reported in the media that year.
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