First birthday

birthday cake

drunken lives, drunken knives

falling about, caught up in a fight.

she innocently became the victim

of a big gash on her forehead,

blood gushing and then rushing about,

a scar she wore for the rest of her life.

but the real victim in all of this strife,

was her little girl whose first birthday

was marred – never to be celebrated

in that sad house.

not even with a birthday cake!