My Dad Versus Your Dad

15 Sep

from him i learned to construct a slingshot
and launch wet rotten boysenberries out of horse drawn carriages
at pedestrians walking the side of the muddy road

from him i learned that teeth are detachable
and can live in a glass of water by the side of the bed
overnight over days

from him i learned how to be economical with everything
time money rest
words

from him i learned a dozen bad daily habits
and how to deconstruct lies
and re-weave them into truth

from him i learned how to use a Water Pik
how to fry pork cutlets
and how to count money using thumb and forefinger

from him i learned about contradictions
counter-points
and violent contrarians

in the fall of nineteen eighty-two
i took a parabolic turn into the burnt labyrinth
and lost him for good as he swung for my head

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2 Responses to “My Dad Versus Your Dad”

  1. Ava Joe 15/09/2010 at 5:13 PM #

    Very engaging.

  2. vibes01 17/09/2010 at 6:36 PM #

    do you smell the burning still?

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