Eliminating Carelessness

He lectures me on carelessness.
I curse myself for dropping the plate.
“Next time you won’t be so careless.”

He mixes his potent solution,
Castor Oil, Milk of Magnesia
and Castoria in a water glass.

He’s an expert at making me to do things.
“Drink it all or get a double dose.”
I take four gulps and keep it down.
I’m on tiptoes
feeling with fingertips
along the dark hallway.

their bedroom door flies open
and his angry head pops out
catching me in the act

of going to the bathroom.