The Empty Spaces
By Karen Hesse. Pg 76
"I am awkward with him,
and I want to be alone
but I am terrified of being alone."
This is when she realizes that she doesn't want to see her dad anymore but couldn't live with out him.
"We are both changing,
we are shifting to fill in the empty spaces left by Ma.
I keep my raw and sting hands
behind my back when he comes near
when he sees them."
She has come to realize they are both changing and that life must go on, even when her father plunges him self in complete ultimate despair.