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Reminiscence
Feet
A Cento for Poe

Reminiscence

On some nights
after my father finished beating my mother
he would lock himself in his room
and turn on the stereo

He would play Willie Nelson’s
Always on My Mind
until the walls would vibrate
like my hands

Maybe I didn’t love you

Some nights, there would be
a mess to clean

Quite as often as I could have

He usually got angriest at dinnertime

Maybe I didn’t treat you

 

It could be any reason

Quite as good as I should have

A grimy glass that should have been bright

If I made you feel second best

Bread crumbs on the butter

Girl I’m sorry I was blind

He would throw food everywhere

You were always on my mind

At her and against the walls

You were always on my mind

It was his artwork

Maybe I didn’t hold you

My brothers and I would sit at the table

All those lonely, lonely times

Frozen like Da Vinci’s Last Supper

And I guess I never told you

Our eyes quickly turning towards him and away

I’m so happy that you’re mine

He was more like Judas than Jesus

Little things I should have said and done

If he managed to catch the eye of one of us

I just never took the time

He’d yell at us about staring

You were always on my mind

He’d stand up and head towards her

You were always on my mind

And he would beat her

Tell me, Tell me that your sweet love hasn’t died

Always blows to the body

Give me, give me one more chance to keep you satisfied

He hadn’t hit her on her face since 1972

Keep you satisfied

When he slapped her
across the cheek with a hot comb
It left a scar
that looked like a black dove
with a broken wing
that couldn’t fly away

With blows to the body
we never saw the scars
for that I was grateful

Little things that I should have said and done

He never said anything in that locked room

I just never took the time

I always wondered what he was thinking

You were always on my mind

When he played this song after beating her

You were always on my mind

She always forgave him

You were always on my mind

Until the day she died

You were always on my mind

What was she thinking?