Angst Cycle:
Father

A lively young man in old photographs
admiring the gifted coffee-pot lamp,
pretending to smoke, a pretend celebration;
you inhabit so much family memory.

You stood my six-year-old self
snub to the wall
when I held my privacy, instinctively,
silent of my school day.

Just as I would now,
you ran my locomotives
as I, unable to brash my toys,
sulked beneath the table.

I remember peeking through the crack
of a half-closed door,
looking down the hall,
when mother came back, crying.

Father,
you send advice through third hand tales,
you star in fondly corrupted anecdotes.

I still hear their shock
watered down the years.

Father,
why did you die?

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