to sit before slides of where my father had been
to smile. Learned to shave from TV
how to keep a marriage open to suggestions.
One day, with a shawl for my wife. “Fine
so it fits” as opposed to
someone flabby above the elbow.
Kicked me once for my very own good, the
tape measure hissed release, scarring my lower lip
as I had been giddy at the thought of converting you
to meters. “You feel you’re in any shape
to pencil my coffin?” / You’re getting taller.