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It had to be explained that black eye
not normal they said in a child of that age.
He repeated a fall, an accident on the stairs
coming home in the afternoon
but the neighbour heard the screams
and the mother denied everything: he’s a child a bit careless
cuts the corners when he’s playing.
Pale blue arms in the pool
blended with the water
and no one saw them and no one talked of them
since a child is a bit careless
and the extreme consequence is normal
if seen in other shapes.
Registro dei Fragili
translated from the Italian by Anthony Robbins