experience…

where’d ya go to…, the old man asked…, just took off like that…where’d ya go…, popped open a cold one and sat down at the kitchen table…he wasn’t gettin’ any response…

I ask these questions ’cause I care…, pop said…, see you’re headin’ down a road you don’t wanna be on later in life…it’s a road to nowhere…just trouble…, lit a smoke…offered the kid one from his pack…boy just shook his head…

suit yourself…smoke ’em if you got ’em…that’s what they used to tell us in the Army…hey there’s an idea…why don’t you join the Army…see the world…get some discipline…could be real good for ya’…, kid just looked-on at a painting of a man sayin’ a prayer over a small loaf of bread…

didja’ eat…got some smoked sausage in the refrigerator…we could cut some up and fry it if you want…, just kept starin’ at that picture…

why don’t we start from the beginning…, he took a gulp of Old Style…,tell me why you wanted to run away…now I’m not gonna get angry…not gonna get mad…just wanna talk…, boy leaned back in his chair and blew out air…ran his hands through his greasy hair and smiled…started laughin’…, don’t know where to start…, kid said…, where do I start…guess it was just the wrong thing to do…runnin’ away like that…hear these voices and they tell me to take-off…can’t control it…don’t wanna control it…

better get ahold of it…, the old man said…,it’ll eat you up boy…I been runnin’ my whole life…, took another swig of beer…fingered a domino layin’ on the table…

what you been runnin’ from…you been here all this time…, the young one said…,ain’t never heard of you takin’ off…runnin’…you can barely walk…

it’s a metaphor boy…it’s a metaphor…maybe drinkin’ and runnin’s the same thing…ever think ’bout that…think ’bout it…think ’bout it…

I spose…

you sposed right…

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