by Laurie Kolp
I watched you from the staircase late last night
as I hugged Tinky Winky, my purple Teletubby doll.
You plucked those muddy boots right off your feet
and stumbled across the floor like Captain Hook.
When Mommy rose from the chair and offered you a kiss,
you turned your head and handed her the gourd
and Vanilla extract you picked up at the store,
then started yelling about some relative Uncle Sam;
bitter nonsense you squawked at drooping hope.
Why are your eyes so glossy when you come home?
You’re not the same Daddy who left so long ago.
Please come back to me and wipe away my tears.
*Wordle: purple, kiss, drooping, gourd, hook, staircase, muddy, bitter, doll, extract, glossy, pluck