Late last Tuesday evening
a fire burned on Rose Street.
the black and charcoal gray remains
of a mother and her daughter
(the latter still clutching a melted pacifier
as they zipped shut the three foot long
black plastic bag).
The night before,
a man was beaten on Buttonwood
with the ivory butt of a pistol.
He then patiently waited for his killer
to walk two blocks home for bullets,
and shoot him.
Unconscious, he could not feel his heart stop beating.