You’ve Got a Little Something

— James A.H. White

for my father

You were kind if only to pretend
like you felt nothing
of my lunch spit-splat-
yolk-yellow hardball
hitting your cheek.

I’m gay, the question mark said
before straightening into exclamation.

Will you ever be able to see past
what I am to who I mean?

A decade later & I still remember
what bucked then as still bucking
on every word. My geh kicking up
cornbread from behind my throat’s
closet door.

Still, however slight, there I am
at least one-thousandth,
at least a shred of color,
a pre-evolutionary kind of kiss—

as mighty in my mind as
the Falcon X Full Thrust launching
from Cape Canaveral this morning
like a dash absconding its page.

But, so far from us both,
I can’t imagine how the rocket
dealt with the gravity of its distance—

mulled over what it meant
to throw itself out there.
To leave a curved scar
the width of multiple skies
across Earth’s blue
& commemorative cheek.


Read more from Issue No. 15 or share on Facebook and Twitter.