Sober Dad

(Published at The Writers Club)

A man lifts his head
as puddled drool
spreads on the floor.
Piss wets his jeans.
A cigarette burn stains
the edge of the sofa.
The woman he used
to love up and left.
The wall clock has
yet to turn in days.
The daughter he loved
died overseas, fighting
for oil.
The DNA test confirmed
his daughter
wasn’t his daughter.
After 23 years of
her calling him Dad,
even the thought of
her drinking a glass of water
makes him tipsy,
taking pride in
the girl he raised
even though she’ll
never know her
her father, he wasn’t.

Twitter – @AC0040

(© 2023 AC)

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