Sally Bliumis-Dunn

For the Child Molester
November 10, 2014 Bliumis-Dunn Sally

For the Child Molester


Let him sleep right through it—

thin syringe, everlasting injection.


Then let it hang

like an old wool sock in a closet.


Let him wake like a child

from night terror,

clatter down the stairs,


rush to the toilet

reach for himself with shaking

thumb and forefinger

around the soft base of the shaft.


Let him not even sense the warmth

of urine as it leaves him.


Let him feel like he’s touching

a soft dead bird

in that gray bathroom light.


Let him hunger for his hunger

the rest of his life.






Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College. Her poems appeared in the Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Plume, Poetry London, the New York Times and PBS NewsHour, among others. Her third collection, Echolocation, was published by Plume Editions/Madhat Press in March 2018.