The Game

On the ride in to work, my daughter
asked me to play “Truth or Dare.”
I laughed aloud at the request.

“Isn’t that the game where friends
dare you to kiss the boy who you think
is the cutest in the room?” I ask.

Or maybe you have to answer
a question truthfully, like
Whom do you love but won’t tell?

She assures me that this game
will not have those kinds of questions.
I believe her and agree to play.

“So,” she begins, “What’s the worst
feeling you have ever felt and when
was the last time you felt it?”

I don’t think she has ever missed
someone the way I have missed
you. “Missing someone.”

“And when did you last feel it?”
She asks innocently enough.
Just now. “Oh, a while ago.”

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