Poem from an alternate universe

My Poem, Endgame,was published yesterday by 8 poems. Here is the poem:

Endgame

That last year
Dad lost his
taste for food

and drink,
even for the
Cuban cigar

he once carried
everywhere
like an extra

digit. He
took to napping
in daylight,

something
he could
never

abide, and
staring through
the picture

window overlooking
the small mountain
lake in

the cabin
I had helped
him

build. Once
we fished
that lake

for crappies
and small-mouth
bass.

Butter fried
over an
open fire, they

were perfect
with beer
cooled

in that ice cold
lake. Today
the wind

hints of winter
as I pack
his tools

and grandfather’s
rocker and take
the gravel road

down.

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6 Responses to Poem from an alternate universe

  1. Rohrer-Dann, Mary Catherine says:

    Wonderful poem. Steve. The pared-down tercet form really works well here.

    Mary Rohrer-Dann

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”

    Mary Oliver “The Summer Day”

    Like

  2. beth says:

    very nice, and congrats on your publishing

    Like

  3. nancy burch brassington says:

    I like your poem so much! It goes right in and hooks my heart and memory. Nancy Brassington

    Like

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