Leonard Cohen Goes to a Par­ent Teacher Meet­ing

Geist - - Findings - BOB WAKULICH

From Chan­nel­ing the Mas­ters. Pub­lished by Big Pond Ru­mours in 2017. Bob Wakulich’s short sto­ries, po­ems and com­men­taries have ap­peared in nu­mer­ous mag­a­zines through­out North Amer­ica and Europe. He lives in Cran­brook, BC.

I've man­aged to re­cover from hav­ing the glis­ten­ing wings of my in­de­pen­dence plucked out by the va­garies of par­ent­hood

and grown ac­cus­tomed to the prospect of spit-up stains ap­pear­ing on most of my pre­ferred items of at­tire

and come to terms with the ob­vi­ous draw­backs of hav­ing my bed de­clared an all-night mon­ster-free zone

and yielded to the pres­sure of en­sur­ing that I du­ti­fully pur­chase what­ever it is that the other par­ents al­ready have

and learned to em­brace the an­guish of teenaged sons and daugh­ters who would rather have a limb deep-fried than be seen with me in pub­lic

but I have to draw the line at be­ing re­cruited to hawk choco­late-cov­ered al­monds in or­der to buy the school new bas­ket­balls

This can’t be why I would have re­fused to fight in Viet Nam

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