Free Verse | Adil Jussawalla

An excerpt from 'The Right Kind of Dog'

The good-for-nothing

How do I learn to be good

who am good for nothing, thinks the boy,

rejected over and over

for reasons he can’t understand.

He presses his face against glass

to make it look uglier.

How do I learn to be tall

who am only a dull story,

never to be repeated, he wonders.

Every day I grow stronger and stronger,

every day I get better and better,

he tells himself over and over

as his father told him to.

Excerpted from The Right Kind of Dog (Duckbill Books, 64 pages, 200).