“Pap and Me”

by J.J. Wren

Huckleberry Finn reflecting on his Pap


Pap warn’t much a man

he’d hurt my mam

when I was young

he’d hurt me too, plenty

but what mattered

he ware my pap

long and the short

betwixt a drinking and a whooping

showed me to borrow and cuss

reckon a man ain’t more or less

a man, we end up ware we ends

all we are is what we been

Pap and me and everyman.