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Driving with Dad This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Your words are
threats submerged
in the soft notes of your tone
my words make
grabs at your fatherly power
within their uncaring.
We ride
staring at the
dust-flecked windshield
kissed by the apathetic afternoon
sun.
You try
to justify your actions
without admitting
you need to tell me the whys
of your paternal
plans.
I snatch
the radio’s storm-tinted dials
when hearing
my song.
You, resenting
my daughterly control
reach your hand
to tear my melodies
and listen to ’60s
men sobbing about
perfect love.

I scowl
at the rearview mirror
blocking your
sight
looking at the ironic flower
behind my disgusted ear
and feeling
so H. Caulfieldy
driving with you.
Dad.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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