My father loved my mama
quiet. She never was.
Sang as she dusted,
Whitney was her back-up singer.
He’d disappear, stumble in,
bright blues still in his mouth.
I come from a family of men
who thought saying I love you
was something you saved for sleep or the dead
and tears could get your ass whooped.
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an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit
the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect