Poetry, VOLUME 4

Poem: “The Other Son” – David Wheeler [Vol. 4, #9.5]

“The Other Son”
David Wheeler

From his new book Contingency Plans.
Read our review from our print issue #2 (PDF)

The prodigal was never the problem, I think. The spite,
The bitterness wasn’t because the
lost being found warranted celebration. Indeed, I stand with
open arms to the one son’s
return and might even join the festival were not the father’s
attention to the other son so
cavalier. You are always with me and everything I have is yours,
a rebuke.
for having never taken advantage, for waiting in bated hope and
expectation for a simple
and singular token given from adoration and not coercion. So
vogue, now, blaming the
father.

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