bio-dad

It took me a while to

acclimatise to the phrase,

at first not comprehending the

teen’s nonchalant reference.

It took me a while to

acclimatise to the parallel

of my own genesis and lack

of ties to generations past.

It took me a while to

acclimatise to the sting

of your absence echoed

in the adolescent’s tears.

It took me a while to

acclimatise to the revelation

you are a train that will never

stop at my station.

It took me a while to

acclimatise to the frost

of your breath tapped out in

someone else’s message.

It’s taking me a while to

acclimatise to this ache

and its eternal presence.

It might be a while

to acclimatise

as I cut the cord

that binds us.

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