one had stringy long hair
he drove with bare feet
and once came over to see
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
he laid on the bed as we watched it
with my mom
like a parasite

one looked like a twizzler
and produced too much saliva
he was a jerk to me
when no one was around

one was a vacuum cleaner
but very dirty
he was always doing chores

I didn’t know what they all were—
monsters maybe?
what I knew for sure was
they weren’t my dad