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Jan 2020
My father returned late, a little unsteady,
gin pulsing from his breath,
gin sweating faintly from his pores.

After closing the door softly, he went thermonuclear
when he saw the shoes in the foyer in scattered disarray,
ripping me out of bed in a rage in the middle of the night,

ordering me in a bellowing voice to straighten the shoes right then.
β€œIt didn’t really traumatize me that much,” I professed at the bar
while nearly halfway into my fourth gin that night.
Joseph S Pete
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Joseph S Pete  Chicagoland
(Chicagoland)   
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