#NaPoWriMo – Day 28: “Olivia”





Olivia // by Jennifer Patino


At first sight,
a pale baby bird,
eyes tearing up
with empathy,
hands grasping
for empty air
in interrogation rooms
where there’s
never enough room
to breathe


20 years later,
a mother hawk,
a shining matron badge,
a hard edge to your voice,
its tone matching eyes
that have now seen
too much,
hands steady,
gripping a bad man’s neck,
but only inside a mind
that’s running out of room
to care too much




* Author’s Note : It took me a few months, but I’ve finally seen every single episode of Law & Order: SVU. I could probably write a hundred poems about Olivia Benson, but this one’s a start.