i walk into the room, he's embracing the mic like a lover passionate, eyes closed, and then my heart races when he looks at me, boyish smile, fitted hat, is he singing to me from onstage? no, there's no way he sees me, but afterwards he walks right up to me envelops me in a … Continue reading Out Late
i gave him your clothes and what made me smile most was that he looked better in your clothes than you ever did.
"Weight" by Ian Watts "I will not be the man you meant to raise," He grim averred. "Your expectations chafe And stifle how I've grown and learned in days Since youth; Not mine to keep your heirlooms safe. "Did my novitiate not fulfill your wish? My filial duty: tell you sacramental Black is white, teach … Continue reading Parental Dissonance VIII
"You Can Always Come Home" by Aryeh Barasch I remember the first time I got into a real argument with my parents. It wasn’t too explosive of an argument, but I remember clearly that it was about religion. The idea of religion, which is a way that we are supposed to choose to live our … Continue reading Parental Dissonance VII
"The Best Damn Garbage Man" by Mo David I think I'm gonna kill myself. That's what’s going through my head as I’m getting dropped off for my first day of seventh grade. My mom puts our clunky, dilapidated minivan in park and continues with her speech, unaware of the tornadoes circling inside my brain. "So … Continue reading Parental Dissonance VI
"Pursuit of Happiness?" by Neka Barrera “You've decided to live your life a certain way. You're an adult (maybe) and have chosen your way to be, your pursuit of happiness. Your parents are either super supportive, or... Less than. You may not see eye to eye. How has it affected you? Do you feel guilt? … Continue reading Parental Dissonance V
"The Cost of a Free Spirit" by Connor Kreger Allow me to offer you a cliché perspective, one that you’ve probably heard before and perhaps you can even relate to yourself. I’ve always thought that the main difference between my parents and myself is that I’m more of a “free spirit.” My parents are relatively … Continue reading Parental Dissonance IV