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Your Father Was a Lobster

Sheila Squillante

Your father was a lobster. Crack-clawed, cooked. After you about sex in the basement. But I’m thirty-one. Never mind. His roof, rules, rude red legs. Clackety. But we hid our shame beneath your Army blanket. Your mother’s smaller. Not enough meat to warrant attention in those. Clack. Is this about the phone that night? She knew. He knew. We all knew what you were doing at sixteen on the phone with that boy. Click. Is there reference everywhere? The dream-man was blonde, thick-lipped and breathless. He held you to his hips.

Sheila Squillante

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