Busted Lip

A volley of abusive banter
emanates from the neighbor's
house across the cul de sac,
"Go inside" I instruct
my kids - partly for their safety
and mostly for their innocence.
A call to the police,
a busted lip and charges
not pressed - my daughter sulks
for the rest of the night - says something just feels wrong.
"Never let a person treat you that way I tell her."
"No one is worth allowing yourself to be treated like that."

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