Thursday, April 2, 2015

Leave him alone when he's reading the evening paper


A red skeleton frame
of a recliner

silently facing

a wall of obscene graffiti
with spray-painted penises
angry at the world.

This used to be a house
with a garden, with a front
gate and two servants.

            He used to sit there -- my father

home from work, smelling sour,
shaking one leg or the other
like he was sitting on a motor
that can't be turned off;

reading the evening paper,
furiously turning each page,
nearly ripping them,

cracked lips spitting vulgarities,
condemnation in beer spit
onto black&white captures
of statesmen and criminals alike;

how i wished i could've
seen how he would react
to today's digital deliveries.

What would he do if he saw that news
come with comment boxes?
Would he fill the boxes with exactly
what he thought, tell them off
in all CAPS



(It does feel like it's not complete.)


dsnake1 said...

wow, really loved the images here.
yes, wonder how he would react to todays' alternative views on the net. :)

Ravenblack said...

He would be a very grumpy old man today. Computer might end up getting screen smashed in. :D