Two weeks with my father

I leave everything I’ve known
My sisters
We have different fathers
But mine lives here now
200 miles away from the wooden shed
Where he taught me to sharpen an axe
I am half a person, broken in two
I don’t know anyone here
We sit together on the ugly school bus
The red-haired boy stands and looks backward
His round face dotted with freckles
There is a girl in the front with short hair
I wish I knew her name
Samantha perhaps
The boy sitting next to me has a hole in his shoe
He looks out the window for comfort
What?
The red-haired boy asks
It doesn’t matter
Childish words that fall to the ground like
Live oak leaves landing
Gently on the ground and trampled underfoot
We are ellipses
Holding place in time
Like the flowers and meadows
That once owned this land
Plowed under by giant machines
Patiently they wait to reclaim their glory
The horses flip their tails to swat away the flies
What do they know?
We are ellipses
The brakes squeal as we approach the large oak tree
Where I stood trembling this morning to hide from the rain
I dread the walk
Through weeds that stick to my pants
To the small trailer where my father lives
My home is far away

David C. Riggins is a writer and college student from Tampa, Florida. He is the author of the dystopian fiction series Boys of the Fatherless (2014), which has been published and distributed worldwide. David studied writing at Clearwater College in Central Florida and is currently pursuing an engineering degree from the University of South Florida. His writing and poetry often reflect on his personal experience of being abandoned as a child. David is a featured Goodreads author.

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One Response to Two weeks with my father

  1. Very, very well done. So much going on here, yet the story fits together so well. I especially love the sharpening ax bit and the feeling split in half.. this is a must read again. 👍

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