J.M. Green is the author of the chapbook Super Rich (Pudding House, 2008). His work is forthcoming or has been recently published in the New Verse News, New Mirage Journal, Ginger Piglet, the Oklahoma Review, Cincinnati Magazine, and other journals. A former Marine and CIA analyst, Green is now a collection development librarian with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. He lives in West Chester, Ohio with his wife and daughter.
Father Daughter Secret with Audrey
We share a secret you and me. And you
decided not to tell your mom. And we
made pinky promises to take it to
the grave. And sometimes I wonder can she
pull this off. Then I see you act. You’re like
your name sake, playing pious to the script.
I’m fooled as well, especially when you strike
from nowhere, speak with nonchalance, then flip
your hair and walk away. And thank you. Thank
you for the moments when you interrupt
my absentminded grown up thoughts. You spank
my backside gently, shed shyness, corrupt
my distance – you desire daddy’s space.
Your wink: reminder of our secret’s grace.
The kind of man I am (or was) is one
who calls his wife at work and shares the news
his friend, his best, is dead from his own gun
(it might have been his car). She cries. My ruse
is complete. I yell April Fools and laugh
and after fighting that night all I learned
was that my wife is humorless. She's half,
if even that, the fun girl she was. Burned
by time, responsibilities, and needs
of people not me. I retreat late night
under blue light, drop pants, and grip misdeeds.
Scroll the American Apparel site
and conjure an undue sexual life.
Far worse end to become Lot than Lot's wife.