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in the kitchen 2:39am
unknown

scratching my athlete's foot raw
 1
on the corner
 2
of the dishwasher.
 3
 
 
no beer or rum
 4
(two weeks sober)
 5
trying to make sure my son
 6
has some semblance
 7
of a father.
 8
 
 
the fridge
 9
is a runaway
 10
petri dish.
 11
 
 
i snag
 12
a shipwrecked sippy cup
 13
from behind
 14
some outdated milk.
 15
 
 
tip it back
 16
standing
 17
at the kitchen window.
 18
 
 
the bedroom dresser
 19
and all the contents
 20
are still scattered
 21
in the yard.
 22
 
 
cushions
 23
from the living-room
 24
couch.
 25
 
 
vacuum cleaner
 26
and the shovel
 27
my wife
 28
swung at my head.
 29
 
 
my father
 30
was an asshole
 31
sober.
 32
 
 
he was unpredictable
 33
as a drunk
 34
but there were flashes
 35
of compassion.
 36
 
 
i sift through
 37
the quarter jar.
 38
 
 
it's past
 39
closing,
 40
 
 
but Dejan
 41
will still be cleaning up
 42
at the bosnian bar
 43
across the street.
 44
 
 
he's got six kids
 45
couple ex wives
 46
and a pig valve
 47
in his heart.
 48
 
 
he knows
 49
the score.
 50

28 May 07

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Real and raw.  Sad too.  I like L's 47 & 48 especially.  Powerfully reminiscent, powerfully painful, powerfully good.  Peace.  :-)
 — starr

One more little knit-pick:  I'd add the first person to L5 so that it reads "I'm two weeks sober."  Otherwise...I've already given this piece its due kudos.  :-)
 — starr

starr,

thanks for reading and the suggestion.

justin.
 — unknown

You are sooooooooo welcome.  This poem is kickass.  :-)
 — starr

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