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Slow hallowed whispers woke two girls
while a greasy snake oil man,
with whisky breath and yellow scarf,
dealt cards as the water boiled.
The magician coiled two hairs in a bowl
then sat in a weathered bronze chair,
got a knife, a pipe, a bottle, and a hat.
Deftly combined patchouli and lime.
Twins with cancer and curls,
with blood as thin as light,
were offered injected chemicals
from his magic stovepipe hat.
The snake oil man he ministered,
with a liquid scent of faith, but
slowly and quietly both girls died.
Tragic but matter of fact.
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