The baby mewls like a wounded lamb,
shrieks echoing/bouncing off walls
like a sonic pinball before the game goes
A hand reaches for the infant waddled
in dirty white cloth, and the fingers
are grungy, like a sewer grate
after a rainstorm
during a riot.
A second hand appears, and the mewling continues.
The parent’s sour milk eyes see flesh
and the teeth chatter like shingles during
Soon the mewling stops…
because dinner has been served.