The goblins ate her up Is what my sister said When I asked her Quietly What happened She answered Quietly The goblins got her good Eyes went all blank I pushed back her hair Younger, but stronger The goblins won’t eat me up I said. My own eyes as hard as stone But in a different way. I hope She replied. I know I said. I want to keep all of me I don’t want to be chunked out Like you I’d kick. I’d bite. I’d never let them win. My sister, who knows more pain than I The sister who got eaten She smiled her sad half-black smile The smile that made me wince Ill protect you She said. I hope I said. As night crept in too soon.