Family

The radio blaring
The car pulls up, I glare
The cocky voice calling
You’re pounding down the stairs
The engine purring
The doorknob turned
The house keys chattering
To you, they say you’ll never learn
Your heels clicking
The car pulls out again
I know what you’re thinking
And I know how this will end
The clock ticks impatiently
Like Mother clucks her tongue
The silence swallows me
As I wait for your excavation to exhaust its run
The photos on the wall
Seem to sag in remorse
I’m still waiting for your call
It’s late now, a quarter to four
The neighbors’ noisy Shih Tzu
Barking up a familiar storm
Through the windowsills, I spot you
Barefoot on our unkempt lawn
I tuck in my ‘I told you so’s tight
And call out your name
The front door opens,in spills the moonlight
Exposes your make up stains
Reaching out my hand
Like how I used to when you were five
Coaxing out a stand,
So as to usher you back inside
You tremble in my arms
You won’t recount the night
No interrogation, no harm
We’ll just leave his memory behind
The empty street outside
Accompany us in contemplation
I didn’t want to be right
And you didn’t want to be making
The same mistake again
Disappointment etched in your face
Right now, I’ll be your friend
Right now, we’ll sit here and wait
For everything to get better
Everything will be better.

Family

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