Journalism In Verse

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Forgiveness: A Daughter’s Story

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It’s September in my kitchen,
I bless your card,
lick the envelope’s bitter glue:

Dear Dad,
Have a wonderful birthday.
Love, Your daughter.

I squeeze niceness out of a blue pen,
wring pain out of my palms.
Why doesn’t Hallmark
have a dysfunctional daddy series?

I’m sending a card
to a father who isn’t worth
the time it takes to say,
“I wish.”

Mother tells me, women forgive
fathers, husbands and sons,
even a rapist needs love.
It’s what women do.

 


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Denise Sedman is an award-winning poet from the Detroit, Mich. area. She tackles tough issues based on personal experiences. Recent publications include San Pedro River Review, Nassau Review, and Lost Horse Press, “Nasty Women, An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse.” Her signature poem, “Untitled,” published in Abandon Automobile, Wayne State University Press, was turned into a temporary environment in Detroit where architect students gave the words back to the City.   

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