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Tracy Bersley

it's frightening to think that I'd rather starve than ask my father for
money but when he looks at me sitting on his nice new Aztec couch
as if i am an intruder in this space, all i can think to say as he shuts
the door behind himself is, bye dad but the door closes too quickly
and my cries are mockingly covered up by the jingling christmas bells
that still hang on the door in may.
i stay in this eclectic decor on holidays and vacations he pays
the rent while i pay for the loneliness of having a father who went
along with the child-bearing tradition some twenty years ago and
lives every day in regret.
i think my presence here ages him, and i become the
unforgivable sin the girl who reveals his antiquity. . .




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