A Self-Preservation Technique

He lays out the socks
so that one cannot be seen
behind the other

His father, who will be
taking the socks
is watching sports
He does not yell at his children

like he does the coaches
sometimes the players. He’ll say
it’s like we don’t even know
who we are anymore!

This is the boy’s first lesson
about leaving something behind
before he is left

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