Thursday, January 10, 2008

Let Me In


"Bang! Bang!"

The sound came from the rear entry, a small fist hitting a battered aluminum storm door.


"Let me in!"

The door always stuck in the frame, he didn't have the strength to open it by himself.

"Let me in!"

I let him wait a bit, I grabbed the camera and exposed a couple of frames.

"Bang! Bang! Bang!"

Throughout the time he was growing up, I had kept him at a distance. I was working or, what was even worse were those times I was distracted with my own idle amusements.


His school achievements, his races with the cross-country ski team. The trips he and his brother took, with their mother, but not with me. I was always on the other side of the door.

"Bang! Bang!"

And then he was gone, first to college, then grad school, and now far beyond any door that I could open.

"...let me in..."

Always on the other side of that door.

"... let me in... let me in... dad..."

By Professor Batty


Blogger Sharon Spotbottom said...

Seems real. Poetic.

Blogger kindredband said...

I hid from the girls when I smoked. We've had so much more time together since then, but those times are lost forever.

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