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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 Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)
 

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