“(just once) Let’s be bad”

“(just once) Let’s be bad”

He always spoke in his detective voice, So
low and hazy I had to take off my ears and

pin them to my eyes to hear him tell us he
was happier before us kids. We read it more

than heard it, felt it more  believed it.


We stayed outside most that day exploring
dangling clouds, stretching them across

Pistakee Lake until their anger crashed, then
we went inside and played cat’s cradle with

the lightning while he snored thunder under
the covers of The Raven.

It was the cat that woke him


It was the cat that blamed us and sneered
when he slammed parcels of Poe prose

against the wall. I wanted to cry but mostly
I just filled up with puss and poison hoping

octopus arms would grow from my belly and
wrap around his face. Instead, I tossed

pebbles into his bathtub and you let the cat
out when we ran into the rain, jumpy with

laughter and so sweaty I thought my palms
would slide off my hands into the puddles
on the road.

PAD Day 20

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