Halcyon

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Because your father's eyes stare into the barrel of the revolver
that he kept in an old dress sock--
in your mother's perfume drawer
because he thought it would hide the scent of gunpowder
and he wouldn't look like a hypocrite to his pacifist support group
but on Sundays before the early morning service
you find your mother's perfume drawer pulled out
and your father holding it as if it was her

and I'm telling you this because it matters, somehow






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