Daddy’s Joke

by Ei Ei Thei

Momma told Daddy one night

to watch where he sleeps,

“It’s gonna come back someday,

and haunt you in your dreams…”

and Daddy laughed.

Ten years later I’m on a call home

Daddy’s on the line and we got

nothing to say to each other

and I wonder

If I’m Daddy’s Joke.

I wonder if it hurts

to be strangers with your daughter

as a price for your mistakes.

I wonder if he regretted

sleeping with another woman

because now

I’m Daddy’s Joke and

he’s not laughing anymore.


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