mechanic’s daughter

my dad is a mechanic
and he has a mechanic’s daughter

there isn’t a toilet or a bumper
that money (if able) or time (if poor) can’t fix
and there’s no use crying
over spilled milk or spilled paint or holes burned
into the center of the carpet

and the snickers in the stables
over a purple bicycle helmet and Kmart brand-Tim’s
are silly
since it’s just as functional as a velvet
hat and leather boots when sailing over a fence
or being bucked into one

a doctor’s daughter doesn’t know how to patch drywall
and a mechanic’s daughter may not either
but she knows she could learn if needed and she knows
that holes or not
it doesn’t matter

my dad is a mechanic
and i am a mechanic’s daughter