He ate plain oatmeal 
every morning

in the same leather 
chair that mom 
got him for Father’s Day

in 88. One breakfast 
after finishing an orange 

grapefruit, I told him 
that I loved him just loud 
enough so he would not hear

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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