i never

knew

the man

my father

was

he was too old

and used

up poor

had ruined

him

he had

to drink

to come

alive

me i wear

my heart

on my sleeve

i am your book

your astonished

look

tells me all i need

to know

i am my mothers

son

toes pierced

and fear

and

stigmas

in place

 

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