I Won’t Fall Into That Trap


Used yet undeveloped
35 mm film rolls
 
Pocket knives
I longed to carry
To pull from my pocket in just the right
And most opportune moment
Saying “here, let me get that, I have a pocket knife.”
 
A harmonica that
I would occasionally pull out
And hum a few bars
 
Batteries that I would never
Put in my walkman
 
An old walkman
With orange
Foam padded
Head phones
 
The wooden letter opener
That I made for Christmas
 
All of these things and more
—such as the belt—
Are the reasons I will never have a top dresser drawer
Like my father did
 
Once
He had A box of condoms
Unlubricated and plain
They were in there for a long time
 
In high school
In the dresser drawer
Of a girl friends father
Aided by the girl friend (of course)
I found some pot
Actually, she had found the pot
And wanted to show me
With the girlfriends permission (not her fathers, of course)
I took some
It was the first pot I ever smoked
Another reason I will never have a top dresser drawer
 
If I do
Happen to have pot
When I am old
I do not want my children to take it
That would be a waste of good pot
They can get there own
And much easier than I, I’m sure
 
We also found a picture that day
Actually she had found it
And wanted to show me
Her father’s new bride
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Brand new breasts
Stepping out of the hot tub
Sunken into the bedroom floor
Directly behind us
I was impressed
I think Heather was too
She has new ones of her own now
Which, is yet another reason
I will never have a top dresser drawer
 
I would not want my daughter
Being envious
Of her new young step mothers
New breasts
Or her boyfriend
High as a kite
Thinking of how perfect
His girlfriends
Stepfathers
Young wife’s
Young breasts are
Every time he looks at her
 
So I will never have
A top dresser drawer
To be pawed through
Or envied
Or pillaged
 
I will hide my secret things in my bottom drawer
 

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