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501s

September 1, 2008

Did your dad where Levi’s 501s?

You know,

The original shrink-to-fit?

Big Frye boots.

Little man syndrome.

Big voice.

Little confidence.

Big mouth.

Little mind.

Heart?

Buried in fear and sorrow and pain.

Pain…

Stitches from a bar brawl.

Broken hand busting son.

Sore shoulder from swinging

The Belt.

“Thwack!” — “Thwack!” — “Thwack!”

It slaps through the loops

of the 501’s

every night

when he’s had way too much to drink

and comes storming…staggering… down the hall

because you and your sister are talking.

I cry before he gets there, knowing what will be.

Que sera, sera.

Whatever will be will be.

Did your dad wear 501’s?

I understand.

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