Angel Zapata Returns

Relative Degrees

The girl is the last to climb

inside the station wagon;

three brothers before her,

a dog, a cat, and a ferret.

That December, she tells me

there’s absolutely no forever.

Water, she says, is solid or fluid,

but always a slave to degrees.

I haven’t had an opportunity

to kiss her goodbye, to slip a poem

written on yellow loose-leaf

into her pea coat pocket.

Her father waits for me

to shake her hand— cold

and business-like— a job

well-done. You’re done.

I rush in and embrace her,

whisper in her ear

things I don’t recall,

promises and future vows.

Her mother glares at me

from the passenger seat,

tells me to let her go. Go on,

she says, just go on and go.

She pulled me aside once,

smiled when she said

she’d never let a penniless spic

marry her daughter.

I stand there on the sidewalk,

let them vanish into dusky skyline,

savor the shadows

that darken my skin.

Angel Zapata is a husband, father, writer, quality technician, comic collector, and movie buff. He’s authored several books which include two poetry collections, “An Offering of Ink and Feathers,” and “Prayers from Crooked Spines.” Visit his author page on Amazon.


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