My Father

My father is a whale ‒ big blustering.
I donít love you said his wife, his foe.
She was his Ahab, her words harpooning.
My mother passed away twelve years ago.

She hid in a closet with a Jack Daniels.
Till father came home and discovered her.
He would blow like the whale and rail.
Now he canít hurt her any longer.

Like Ishmael, I am both a witness and child.
At his age, I donít want to wound him.
Heís still a whale blustering but milder.
His shoulders bend, his eyes grow dim.

Heís someone Iíve come to know
Loves me despite his bravado.

Marjorie Sadin
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