I forgot where this was going…

Staring into a canyon–

Veering  off the edge of the road…


We sat in your living room watching

midgets film reality porn,

then you demonstrated how to cube a pepper as the steam

seeped out of the kitchen…


Before sitting with the Amish,

enjoying bread pudding for the first time;

you paid and complained you were broke,

then drove 40 miles west

just to prove you could afford it,


telling me how you missed us back in Toledo

and that Wal-Mart wasn’t as great as it should be

as I listened patiently–

waiting for our next meal.


We spent a weekend traveling

back roads of Arkansas–

just to get blueberry apple crisp

from a watering hole,

only to remember grilled mac and cheese was for lunch


As we sat there in silence and

pretended this was all nice…

wondering when would we sit at the five star

or just pretend we were close…


We sat in that living room for a month

as our midgets learned to drive a van–

I still can’t believe they have boots for that!

but then again this is America…

and that was HGTV…


Or how you bitched at about those fucking peppers

that I still can’t cube right,

because as a mother you never taught me,

and as an Aunt you were never there…


But still I love you.

And still I miss you.

Because sitting here in Toledo,

all that is shelter is a bedroom and webcam,

as I wonder how you survive.







About Michael Medlen

My name is Michael and during my free time I avoid having a day job. Strangely enough, this gives me the freedom to run this blog. I write just about anything that can be considered art. I also occasionally post articles that may or may not be relevant to the theme of this site. You’ve been warned.
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