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“Breakdown” by Shumon Jenkins ’18

Damn, I miss my dad.

I’m starting to forget what he looks like

Like a dream, you try to remember

That always fades a little bit more

 

“Where’d you go?”

 

I hide while he seeks

He can’t find me

Oops

Caught red handed under his bed

Now it’s my time to find him

Still looking

 

I look in the house,

Outside

In TVs

In movies,

Other families,

He’s too good at this

 

Maybe if I just wait,

He’ll give up

Tick

Tick

Tick

Tick

I’m sure he’ll give up eventually

 

When I needed you the most

 

You call me  

I knew you would

You love me

Admit it?

Admit it?!

……oh

You can’t stay..

No I understand

But…

 

“Why come back?!”

 

….I wasn’t talking back

I was just sa….

Nevermind

I’ll see you soon

Love you too

Bye

 

Tick

Tick

Tick

Tick

Tick

 

I’ve outgrown you.

 

Love

Pain

Rage

Regert

I’ve outgrown you

There’s no reason to miss something

That was never really there

I’ve outgrown you

“I don’t need a father”

I’ve outgrown you

 

I don’t need your love.

 

But then I find you

Years later.

Released from the Jim Crow cage.

You say, “I need you.”

Waterfalls rush down your eyes as you explain,

Allah made you change.

I think, “this is too good to be”

“The lack of hope made him insane.”

Pain fuels my rage.

Blood is replaced with flames

Rejection stares through my eyes.

Emotion overflows,

I can’t cry

I won’t cry

But then he holds me tight and

says

“I need you.”

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