October 1, 2022


1   Repairs Dad blowtorches woodwork, clapboard, door.Blackens the dilapidated house,alters the sore exteriorin preparation for paint.After, he drinks,  skips out. I am six when I take butter knives,pop blisters off,try to wash the charred and bubbled walls. For months, a ladder leansbetween upstairs bedroom windows. 2   Backbone Mom puts on earrings, brooch,pins on hope,pulls courage from the dressing table […]