So There*

by Arthur Radley

I'M a Daddy now; I can do as I please.
After you go to bed, I eat 7 cookies —
three of them from the special snack jar —
I don't ask to do this.
Who would I ask — me?

I'm Daddy, so
That means in the office, I can shrug,
go all wide-eyed and shout, ''Who the fuck
does that stupid fuck-fuck
think he fuckin' is?''
I get a chuckle and an agreeable eye roll
from my coworkers.
Oh yes — That's all I get.

Do your homework
Stay in school
I'll be up till 2:30 a.m.
Watching the 11:30 p.m. Love Boat rerun
on the satellite's West Coast feed.
It's the one with Charo in it.
It makes me very very sleepy.
But I'm the Daddy.

*Third prize, asinine poetry literary contest, fall 2002

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