skidmark

this docile man
who sits in a chair
will sometimes talk
of somebody else,
and the young voice
of a hellraiser
comes back
knocking down doors
throwing a fist
speeding in a ‘57
shouting “fuck you”
and “shove this job,”
getting tossed from a bar
and getting a tattoo,
cursing his dad

and the angry young man
goes away calmly,
the docile man
rests his voice again
and I sit there and wonder
who is this man?

this man called Dad

———

c. 2001, 2008 Evan Gilling

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