You didn’t keep your eyes on your child
Time has tic-tocked since she went away
Because fatherless children sometimes wander off alone
There she was, her lips spewing words
So carelessly in prayer
Insisting that you were not some poltergeist
Some apparition of her lucid dreams
That you had a halo and set of wings
waiting for her somewhere

You didn’t try to move her
You didn’t try to pull the moon closer for her
Because lunar lights whisper sweet nothings to lonely girls
Though you once embraced her
her fists in your back,
her nails piercing the palms of her hands,
the absence of fathers is a killer.
Uncurl her, unbreak her, unclip her wings
Let sweet violence fall away

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