a peacock
J.A. Tyler

It darts under the bushes but I see it. And it looks at me. My dad looks at me. He says JESUS CHRIST I LOVE YOU and sometimes he just says JESUS CHRIST. Or the times when he says GODDAMN YOU, YOU MOTHERFUCKER KID. I see it peeking its head out. My dad. His tongue like a head sometimes, like when I see it coming out. A peacock. I see it hiding too, my dad's tongue. I don't ever know what it will say. JESUS CHRIST I LOVE YOU, JESUS CHRIST GODDAMN YOU, YOU MOTHERFUCKER KID. Peacock tails are prettier than that. My dad.