Ask your father:
when he is coming home,
if he is coming home,
Ask your father for me, before he slips right out the door --
"Going out for a while" like he always does near the end
of the month when my market purse is nearly empty
and the freezer stores more air than meat.
Ask your father if he'll be back for dinner tonight --
I'm sick of his dead eyes answering for him,
of getting the same lazy responses every time:
the maybe's and maybe not's, and the I-don't-know's.
So, what did he say?
He won't be back till after dinner?
He'll be late and don't wait up?
I've already defrosted the chicken.