from “PAINT IT BLACK”
It was not easy having a monk for an older brother,
one who never misbehaved, one who practiced
asceticism from an early age, refusing most treats.
Saying he didn’t need anything at the Dairy Queen,
Save your money Mom and Dad. Or hitching up his
pants with a Don’t worry, these will last just fine.
His incident reports always lined up a chain of facts
that stopped at me. While, lagging two years behind,
I had trouble telling a story straight, with too much
of my father’s gift for hyperbole. . .
This autobiographical poem appears in Avoid Ninja Stars, the new collection just released by Bank-Heavy Press. It will be included in What We Did With Old Moons in November.
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