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April 20, 2013 / austreberto

don’t give me that look (day twenty)

don’t give me that look


most times

i had no clue what my dad was talking about

when he told me this


all narrow eyed

cheeks puffed out

slumped spine


i was a professional of this look

without even knowing it


i practiced

a lot


all mothers used to say that your face will stay like that

if you keep doing it


mine stayed around for five years


i couldn’t help it

even thought they told me i could


it was an instinctive second natured gut reaction

in my habits

that were impossible to break

(especially at my age)


so much so that i carried it into my mid twenties

without knowing it

but with a different purpose


late night

she was conflicted

wanted to leave

wanted to stay


until she looked into my eyes

and said

don’t look at me like that


as if i was begging her to stay



i had never lost my touch


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  1. orour1lc / Apr 20 2013 7:48 pm

    Aww 🙂

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