Some Childhood You Had There

I had a moment
where my father hit me across the face
like a protection spell
due to almost spoiling a surprise birthday.
The blow's heat
does not remember if he apologized.

The same father kept me floating
against the ocean surf
bursting blood vessels under my armpits
so i would not go under.

I had another moment
where my mother pushed
me back into my closet,
the fear like clothes
hanging over bad grades.

The same mother
jumped into the neighbor's pool
to save me from drowning.
I only recalled sinking like a witching test
then coughing my lungs up
in a shallow end.

I want to say I'm thankful
for my parents
but i can't help them.

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