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To Blanca.


Family is abortion,
moving through divorces
and pulling up in Porsches.
Family is a screaming match.
Don't scream
but catch your mama on the backlash.
Family is a smash hit
the movie that never went off
even though it had Bogart.
Family is a new black dress
and low access to sex ed.
Family is a car crash.
A giant gash in the side
and the side effects of a giant rash
Family is 2.4 kids
with no lids on their mouths
but no smiles in their eyes.
Family is dying
and getting so choked up at your sister's funeral
because you knew she was only nineteen.
Family is when you get this
and Christmas is not another long gift list
but triplets
and treasured times
and prying minds.
No desire dies
and nobody cries.
Family is a shallow grave
and leaving your bag at the door because you're lazy.
It's growing up with no dad
but two bats and a roomful of hats
with hats off to my gramps and his fly pants.
Family is a brave struggle.
A bad getaway.
An escape van with no gas.
A spoon in the road
and a rainy day.
I'm no Robert Frost,
but I know the cost of broken armor.
Or was it an armoire?
I'm not trying to harm you,
but it's funny:
my mom's never had any money
and I never had a little pet bunny.
But my life still had sunny moments.


from Strange Things (demo), released April 11, 2014



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Pat and His Whiny Bullshit Gainesville, Florida

I'm Pat. I write poems. Currently a member of Signs of Life (a hip-hop theatre troupe in Gainesville).

Website header photograph credit: Phaedra Brady

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