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  • Like Father

    My father's embrace is tighter
    Now that he knows
    He is not the only man in my life.
    He whispers, Remember when, and, I love you,
    As he holds my hand hungry
    For a discussion of Bible scriptures
    Over breakfast. He pours cups of coffee
    I can't stop
    Spilling.

    My father's embrace is firm and warm
    Now that he knows. He begs forgiveness
    For anything he may have done to make me
    Turn to abomination
    As he watches my eggs, scrambled
    Soft. Yolk runs all over the plate.
    A rubber band binds the morning paper.

    My father's embrace tightens. Grits
    Stiffen. I hug back
    Like a little boy, gripping
    To prove his handshake.
    Daddy squeezes me close,
    But I cannot feel his heartbeat
    And he cannot hear mine —
    There is too much flesh between us,
    Two men in love.

    Published in Please (Kalamazoo, Michigan: New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2009).

    Published: 4 March 2010
    © 2010 Jericho Brown and Southern Spaces