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jess ingrassellino, fall 2019

My father isn’t religious

but his parents are catholic, so

he and my mother married

before she graduated high school.

My father isn’t a dreamer.

He’s never burdened with the

weight that comes from

worrying about others or from

imagining what’s possible.

My father isn’t a judge, but

beware, all you who enter his chambers.

Reality is distorted, the

victim is the whore, the

anorexic is obese, and all that matters is

what happens to him.

My father isn’t brave, so he

hides in his living room with

curtains closed. He reads all the books,

searches all the websites and

watches all the videos, building

walls out of his opinions.

Jess Ingrassellino

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