"I've brought you something for going to college,"
My dad said.
He showed me a brand new suitcase.
He opened it to show it off:
It even had hangers for suits in it!
Forty yours later I still have one of those hangers.

He was distant, violent at times, angry - always angry.
But he was pleased.
He had done something for his favorite.

©2011, John A. Mills

published in Shot Glass Journal Issue #4