How to Master Climate Control
in his retirement my father has taken kindly
to the near tropics available to those
who opt in for the stay-at-home vacation
behind low clouds he can forget
what he cannot talk about the badlands
a kick to the ribs car acid in the face
children who are glad he refuses to engage
shrunken man as he is he answers
his studio door he's always been
the wrong side of some door a delivery man
pretty sure he knows what you want all swagger
this sheet-metal mechanic not wearing pants
his poolside chair a hungry leatherette
his poolside attire white socks t-shirt and
jockey shorts how to tell him
none of it looks that good on this man
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