Alzheimer’s Day

June 14, 2008

it is almost father’s day
we will go to your dad’s

put on the kid gloves
pretend nothing is wrong

laugh, eat, maybe put some
puzzles together

he will read the paper
shuffle to the bathroom

repeat the process
until your mother hides it

talks about the weather
standard oil, and with me

the war, the marshall islands
and not getting your ass blown off

on sunday he will
examine the presents

put them away
and for a minute

wonder why we are
giving him gifts

in the middle
of the summer