ryan michael miller
come downstairs
right this instant
and don’t give me any sass
young man
first you don’t
do the dishes
and now

well you won’t be coming along
on the family trip to cape cod this weekend
i can promise you that
you’re spending spring break at grandma’s
and that is that
end of discussion
no buts

and guess what else
no xbox
for the entire week
yes you can still have your phone
but you can kiss your xbox goodbye
for the next

maybe you can use all that free time
to think about what you’ve done
and why it was wrong
i cannot believe you killed your chemistry teacher in a driveby shooting that is so completely

—C. Anekwe