The title refers to the Latin origin of the name Anthony, meaning "priceless one," and the fact that the author was conceived out of wedlock.
I'm resigning, after thirty-nine years,
to redefine this reckless storyline,
to undermine the fear that interferes
with my career and home. My asinine
behavior needs to disappear: my wife
and daughter shouldn't have to tolerate
or navigate through my chaotic life.
I only ever overcomplicate
the most straightforward episodes when I
generate more words until they collapse,
dissipate, and no longer signify
a comprehensible meaning. Perhaps
an existential midlife crisis might
begin to set this priceless bastard right.