My Daddy


He smells like moonshine mixed with dried sweat

like smoky pines and a dead creek bed

He makes me cry as much as laugh and

he hurts me in the heart in my place for him

He looks like coal rubbed through his hair

like river sun shone on his token skin

He builds me up like a princess in the reeds and

knocks me down so I skin my knees

He feels like soft moss on an old oak tree

But he stings like nettles when he's close to me

Daddy loves me and its alright but

Daddy hates me when he drinks at night


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