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WHEN I SAY MY BOYFRIEND REMINDS ME OF MY FATHER

By: Coral Kendall


I mean that I am searching for dad’s scent

in someone else’s clothes

When I say my boyfriend reminds me of my father

I mean that I never, not once

had a crush on a boy I didn’t think I could get

but that never meant they would stay

When I say my boyfriend reminds me of my father

I mean I’ve never told either of them how

these tears are cloaked in their name

How the pain had caused me to wonder if

I’m wrong for them or just wrong with them

When I say my boyfriend reminds me of my father

I mean I’ve never had a better metaphor

for someone who feels everything all at once

and still doesn’t care one single bit more than those two

When I say my boyfriend reminds me of my father

I mean the way my love for him makes me lonely like

the time I had no more love left to give

to someone who’d do nothing with it

When I say my boyfriend reminds me of my father

I mean sometimes when he kisses me

I start to cry because he’s the one still here

He holds me and I hear screaming in my ears,

and I’ll never know who said goodbye first

When I say my boyfriend reminds me of my father

I mean I don’t want to let down anyone else I care about

When I say my boyfriend reminds me of my father

I don’t mean that they’re the same, but I’m afraid

that’s what my love does to people in the end




Coral Kendall is a Senior at Lake Taylor High School who has been taking classes at The Muse Writers Center for almost 2 years now. She has poems published with Esthetic Apostle and From Whispers To Roars Magazine. If you are interested in seeing more of her work, you can contact her through her Instagram account; Cori.k12.

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