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Going down to the Clenching

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Below is the poem entitled Going down to the Clenching which was written by poet Catherine Tunke. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Going down to the Clenching

My father would always clench when he saw me approach,
He knew that I was a disappointment to him,
He’d stamp his foot like treading on a cockroach,
And laugh the laugh you laugh when you see a fat lady at the gym.

I was taller than him, and smarter by half,
And it made him feel a little inferior,
But that wasn’t a good reason to laugh,
He was just nervous for life wasn’t worth living unless you are superior.

Oh I’d shake his hand and say how’s tricks Daddo?
But something died behind his eyes when I held his hand too long.
He’d clench like he was being electrocuted in snow,
And I would be left without a Dad and without a song.

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  1. Date: 11/27/2012 9:06:00 PM
    Catherine, the poem is very sad... thank you for sharing...pd

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 6:05:00 AM
    Catherine, your poem is full of deep emotion, very sad, well done. Constance

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 5:06:00 AM
    Sad that the relationship was that strained..Enjoyed reading ...Your work is very expressive and emotive..Sara

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 5:05:00 AM
    sad write but don't be hard on yourself,it's his style,lol,Catherine,some men minds are bent on women being inferior

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 11:57:00 PM
    Very sad for your dad to be this way, great write Catherine :)

    Tunke Avatar Catherine Tunke
    Date: 11/25/2012 1:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. Its sad for both of us although he does love alcohol more than me so its all good.