Even My Father

by Carine Topal

Even my father, ignited in anger

by the presence of his children,

by their illnesses and deaths,

by the internal pogroms

he battled,

hunchbacked to his bed,

even he had the kindness to kiss me

goodnight. Even he.

Musical composition by Victor David Sandiego

Carine Topal is a transplanted New Yorker living in the southern California desert. Her work has appeared in The Best of the Prose Poem, Greensboro Review, Spoon River Poetry Anthology, and many other journals and anthologies. Her 2nd collection of poetry, “Bed of Want,” won the 2007 Robert G. Cohen Prose Poetry Award. Topal’s 3rd collection, “In the Heaven of Never Before,” was published in 2008 by Moon Tide Press. She is the recipient of the 2015 Briar Cliff Review Award for Poetry. Her prize-winning book, Tattooed, won the 4th Biennial Chapbook Contest from Palettes and Quills, recently released in July, 2015.


By Paul Smith on Nov 17, 2015 08:35 (UTC)

Good job! You wrote a poem I can understand, with human values I can see. Keep it up, Carine.

By Steve Hi on Nov 17, 2015 09:53 (UTC)

So simple and yet so complex

By Rhonda C. Poynter on Nov 17, 2015 11:35 (UTC)

I agree in that the simplicity of it is what gives the poem its' power. Our own family could identify completely with the details, Carine, and you told somebody else's story, beautifully.

By Victor D. Sandiego on Nov 19, 2015 06:12 (UTC)

I agree that there is a simplicity to this piece that is part of its appeal. However, as Steve Hi mentions above, there is a complexity here also. I enjoy the way Carine has chosen certain words that bring a lot of power to the piece: Ignited in anger, hunchbacked to his bed, the internal pogroms. These types of phrases are what bring a piece to life and give it a deeper meaning.

By George Manning on May 12, 2016 18:20 (UTC)

Thanks, a enjoyable read. Keep up the good work.