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George Drew: Positive Space

My dad and I shared a lot of negative space: the time at the table

when he tried to force me to eat the end piece of bread,

which I couldn’t abide; the time he grounded me for a month

because I stayed an extra day on a hunting trip with some buddies;

   the time, drunk, he tried forcing me to fight him teenage boy to man.

The one positive space we shared was my bedroom:

the way he allowed me to keep it as I saw fit, as long as it was clean

   and uncluttered; the way he taught me how to make a military tuck

 of the sheets and blankets; the way a quarter should bounce,

and when it did, the way he’d smile and clap my back. I lived for that.

   After his ashes were interred, Emiko, my stepmother, went down

on her knees, sobbing That’s all there is? It was. 


George Drew is the author of Drumming Armageddon (Madville, 2020).

Copyright 2021 George Drew.

5 comments on “George Drew: Positive Space

  1. Alfred J Encarnacion
    July 29, 2021

    So much said in so few words, George. You are a master of distillation.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. allisonfine
    July 27, 2021

    I learned those military corners at obligatory summer camp! Never leaves you, does it? Beautiful poem–thank you for this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rose Mary Boehm
    July 27, 2021

    Wow!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kim Davis
    July 27, 2021

    Oh George, I know those military corners at the edges of the bed. My grandmother taught them to me, and I’m still the persnickety one in the family who can’t abide a wrinkle in the bed.

    Liked by 1 person

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