Pagosa Springs Artists

My Dad's Story

Bullies, with a laugh,

push him down, pull

off his cap, toss it

over the bridge on his

way home from school.


Mam frowns at the news,

peeling potatoes for

the stew, as he kicks

a scuffed shoe while

hiding his bruise.


Somehow finding

courage, he goes

again to school,

finds a new route

home to fool

the rogues, stoic


for the day he opens

his own shop, hopping

the freight of a late

opportunity to make

a success of


a war-time business

dropped in his lap;

like the cap flung

years before,

flowing with 

the runnaway current.


first published in The Rockford Review

©2018 Bonnie Manion


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