The Cloak of Innocence

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

When Eye lived in Shelburne

there was a smart-looking woman

Who pushed a baby boy

around in a stroller

properly bundled for winter

but She Herself wore only a sweater —

She had been a nurse

@ Roseway Hospital

but something happened —

Her marriage ended

and She was on Her Own

with two bouncing girls

Who were taken from Her @ The Mall

and the boy —

a boy from a man named Trevor —

When He was taken

She told me

She hit the sweet jesus