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.
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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.

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