Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

this much, we can let go of, –

the verdict i held on you
for damages done
building sawdust houses,
&injecting your eyes with
obscene amounts of Visine, –

we can let go of the cost
of all that water, –
thousands of evaporated droplets
of lost time, –
thirsty for greener grass

we can let go of you wanting the top-
of-the-line everything,
&for all that
chocolate chip ice cream
&insanity every night

we can let go of the one thousand
t-shirts you bought, – you could never
wear them man, but it happened
on the back of a cereal box, –
that i understood everything

&it came with the cost of pity,
&then go-go dancing love,
that you’re more than
just a father
but a broken, beautiful man

&we’re probably the only ones
able to find deeper meaning
in the line
chocolate chip ice cream, –
because we’re the ones chipping away

this much, i can let go of, –

for Dad submitted to Real Toads
using my last text message,
“able to find deeper meaning
in the line chocolate chip ice cream”

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19 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  1. this much, i can let go of, –

    What an authentic line. Real, intimate. And in expressing “we” above, as if to negotiate. All the verse has a quality of admission and of challenge. Whatever he is and is not is looked at openly. And the possibilities between the two.

    Strong, relational expression.

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