With every brush,
the metal teeth scraped my scalp.
It was a brush made for dogs, not humans,
but you didn’t know
and so I kept quiet.
My hair clung to my head
wet & heavy,
and while you combed through the knots I cringed.
But I let you do it
because you were my father,
and because neither of us knew what that meant.
This poem was shortlisted for The Poems Please Me Prize 2015
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