cartoonist

Dad was fat all his life
Obese
He couldn’t do a lot of things.
Walk without special help
Bathe
Climb stairs
Sit in a normal chair
Drive a normal car
Sleep in a normal bed
And say “I love you, son.”

To draw those words out
of his dad he became a cartoonist,
but that also failed.

And now that his father
was dead,
collapsed face down
on the kitchen floor,
blood seeping out of a head wound,
he struggled to turn him over
on his back
and dipped his finger in the blood
and drew a speech bubble
next to his father’s head
and wrote in it the famous words.

Finally.
“I love you too, dad.”

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  1. VS: So what’s next on the horizon? Any time for daydreaming? KP: It’s really important I get back to the creative heart of things. This last year I’ve been so involved in production. I’ve been glad we’ve seen Hollow through to the end, but I’m quite looking forward to getting back to the lightness of ideas.

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