Poetry / Samantha Kelly


'Valley of the Deadbeat Dads'

Issue 1. February 01, 2021

 

VALLEY OF THE DEADBEAT DADS


She sat a little ways from me,

not enough to be pointedly rude but

a statement, nonetheless.


What’s your mum been saying then?

More forceful than I meant to be,

more accusing than I meant to be,

just, more than I meant to be.


But I want the answer,

so I don’t take it back.


She glances up, then down.

Back to blue-light distractions that rot your brain.

Nothing, she says.

I nod and consider the scene,

two large cokes in a pub off the motorway,

Valley of the Deadbeat Dads.


We could go to the pictures next time? I offer,

not sure what answer I want from her. 





Samantha is a graduate of the University of Warwick and now works (occasionally for money) as a freelance copywriter. She lives in Coventry with her family and a cat named after the Terminator.

 
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