"Paternity is a career imposed on you without any inquiry into your fitness."

Adlai Stevenson

David Conford

A Dream of My Father

I see my father
Renovating shadows
In a park without
Children; his mouth is
Firm as nails. He knows
What he's about. Still I
Feel that I should tell
Him that he's dead. He
Doesn't remember. But
Old men are artists
Of the stubborn. He
Continues to sand those
Thick and flaking shadows.

What do sons know?
He doesn't give me
The time of day
And never did.