Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books.  Christine lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Synchronized Chaos, Pangolin Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.

Family Stories

 

I heard stories growing up.

Some of them were true.

Some had but a modicum

of truth buried deep within.

 

My father’s illness ruled his mind,

worsening with passing years.

No longer able to filter

reality from fiction.

 

A young lad in rural Poland,

he lived through the war,

witnessed untold horror,

he recalled throughout his life.

 

Listening intently to his tales

of soldiers invading villages

and untold hunger,

we grew up in the shadow

of his broken world.

 

Suffering at his hand,

not knowing his disease,

we hid, fearing his retribution.
Family curse passed on.

 

Broken bones and bruises,

some deeper than our souls,

reliving the torment that he knew.

Revenging himself on his own flesh.

 

Decades have passed.

Memories wander back

to things I can never forget,

embedded in my very being.

 

History now shows,

that within the fabrication

of my father’s stories,

many facts live among the lies.

 

The sadness of lifetime

lived in desperation.

In the end, the demon drink

was my father’s only friend.

And so the stories live …