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Sonnet: Why I Hate Chocolate Milk

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Sonnet: Why I Hate Chocolate Milk

by John Kendall Hawkins

She was a bone-thin woman with a pretty face, dark eyes and brown hair that hung down her back. She liked necklaces made of turquoise, and long pendant earrings.

- Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981)

Sometimes I feel like a fatherless child

who looks at the milkman with sad wonder --

the milkman who always rang twice, styled

locks, chocolate milk bribe, blue eyes all wild,

and would go, Is your mother home alone?

a foot that wouldn't let me close the door

and a smile that didn't exactly reassure.

I go, Yes, she is, but she's on the phone.

The interloper's foot withdraws, my heart

gallops through my mind, horsey Paul Revere

announcing that a change of guard is here.

Dad was on the phone from the liquor mart.

Next thing I know I'm in a foster home,

there's a knock at the door, and a new poem.

(Article changed on Sep 22, 2021 at 10:58 AM EDT)

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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