they unplug him around noon
you watch his labored breathing till it stops
thinking about the chances
you had to say or do something

hour later Dealer asks, What’s new?
answer in mind, Just watched dad die
muscle memory replies, Nothing much

you leave with an 8th in your pocket

on the way home you
want to scream it to the
cop who pulls you
over for speeding.

you only nod, offer
some paltry excuse about
being distracted wondering
if he smells the weed
not caring when he lets you go

at night in your safe zone:
rocking chair and locked door.
you realize you’ve managed to avoid
revelation, setting precedent:

silence deafens before it implodes



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