Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A life in letters




You say
the invisible "S"

on my shirt
means something other
than what I think
it does
"Sucker?" I ask
We laugh
"Stoic?" you offer
"Stupid," I reply

Because it's not:
serene or safe
silly or satisfied
stormless or smooth
soporific or sunny.

Maybe it's scared,
strained or spiritless
shattered or sad -
we continue to guess

But alone
in the dark,
pacing back and forth,
a shaky carnival duck
waiting to be shot,
my body reveals
what I cannot.

My father friend:
the "S" on my shirt
stands only for
Stuck.
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