Crippled Child Trying To Ride

Urgent and focused
Constant like pain
From ruined legs
That nature spat
Forth from her cradle
To dagger and harm
Her parent’s pride
Set to ruddy health
Fair hair washed
With sunshine tears
Eyes becoming used
To shame and pity

And the hurtful stink
Of fear like bile
Rank over her pretty
Face determined to ride
In slow procession
Wretched to see.