Jacob Lawrence, "The Party," 1935
Jacob Lawrence, The Party (1935)
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I don't like her sleeping on the floor
there are ants
and cat food
and sticky soda
and vomit.

But,
I'm afraid
to wake her.

This
is how it is
with us.

Later
she awakes,
cries for help,
growls like an animal,
throws food from the refrigerator onto the floor, cries,
Papa?
Papa?
Why did you let them do this to me?