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Stepfather

Kim Morrissey
From:   Poems For Men Who Dream of Lolita. Regina, Sask.: Coteau Books, 1992.


Somewhere between the dark stain
on the tile
and the towels
heaped on the back of the toilet
you rest your case:
I may leave if I want
today you are giving me choices

I watch my head turn in the mirror
thin hair finger-brushed back
tied low on my neck like a bone
taste your hair at the back of my throat
tightly wound wires
riding the tip of my tongue

today is the day we make choices:
you or the foster home
you or the jail




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