10-Year-Old Judas at the Custody Battle

I remember when the judge
asked me
who I wanted to live with
my mom or my dad

they were all very good about it
the lawyers, the judge, my parents
they made me feel very special
like a kid who was going through
an extremely difficult time
and deserved comfort

nobody’s niceties
could get one thing
out of my head though
that by making this decision
I was choosing one over the other

my mom I said
feeling guilty I had betrayed my father

it was then they should’ve brought out
a snack or something
so I could
take the communion of cookies and milk

Daniel J. Flore III’s poems have appeared in many journals. He is the author of 4 poetry books. They are Lapping Water, Humbled Wise Men Christmas Haikus, Home and other places I’ve yet to see, and Pink Marigold Rays.

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