The Only Thing I Regret

“I’m sorry…”

He could’ve said it sooner.

The sound of his slurred speech

echoed as he hunched across the table.


The bottle of rum, the potency of hard liquor

has been more forgiving to him than me.

He grabbed the bottle by its neck,

strangling the last drops into his mouth.


“I seriously fucked up!” he said to me.

I shook my head to agree.

“You know what?” I said.

“You’re fucked up as a father.”


I looked at the lifeless bottle.

A sense of numbness

swept over me as he imagined his

countless nights spent away from his family.


He put down the empty bottle

and looked up with sunken eyes.    

It was one of those moments that I will never forget

before he took his last breath.


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