• The Sound of My Father

    Samuel Less

    Summer 2017

    The sound of my father
    pissing from great height
    at the dead center
    of the toilet bowl
    without concern for
    sleeping children,
    the assertion
    of his right to be out late
    restated each night
    with copious volumes
    of urine
    (mostly spent beer),
    was his magnificent act,
    careless, brazen,
    and without heed of my
    mother’s plea for quiet.
    She’d whisper at him
    furiously, but I
    would only fall
    into a deeper sleep,
    taking as compliment
    his coming home to piss.

    Samuel Less studied poetry in the 1970s at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has published poems and stories in numerous literary publications, most recently in The Worcester Review and Main Street Rag. He was awarded the Academy of American Poets prize at Syracuse University.

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