Obligations came due
so dad turned to a church
in the town of Eaton

home to my second kiss
and a fist that floored me
in response to those lips
on sacred ground.

Her brothers found porn flicks
which would have horrified their mom
had she seen projector
screen her footage.

I drank an icy Coke
after mowing a neighbor’s lawn
on a street where a teen
strolled her baby

because she didn’t care
what the rest of the world thought
or hoped I would notice
her consequence.

- C. N. Bean