Fate

Shanhu Lee

My parents loved me, they were proud of me; 

but they never liked me. My father was an absent

alcoholic. My mother was an unfaithful wife.

If you have parents like mine, you will become

permanently color-blinded to love, never learn

how to read the other’s mind. And if you have parents

like mine, you will work hard for your entire life

to please everyone, even a random stranger

you meet on the street. If you have parents

like mine, one day, you will fall in love with someone,

who will never love you back. And if you have parents

like mine, you will stay until he pokes a kitchen knife

at your face, like a bad joke. If you have parents

like mine, instead of leaving the psychopath,

You will ask yourself: What’s wrong with me?

Am I crazy? Why does this happen to me all the time?

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