With a Start

First published in Ribbons 17:2, spring/summer 2021, page 87. Originally written in 2013 and 2014.

on the porch
out of earshot
we talk of dad’s dying
how I will give the eulogy—
till he rises and shuffles near

frost overnight—
this morning’s headlines
don’t say
that my dad
has died

I wake up
with a start
this winter morning
wondering if my dad
was buried wearing shoes