LOOKING KOOL

How cool can you look in a photograph with your dad
Answer: Kool
My dad is dead, his ashes are somewhere
He doesn’t speak, or write, or drink anymore
But your dad wears glasses that are big
and magnifying
and stylish 30 years ago
which is when I would have lived if I were a dad

gold chains are cool
I want you to remember this
I want you all to remember this
I want you to trace the history of a receding dad hairline
with your finger
like you think you trace the history of your autumnal sunsets
the important ones

sarcasm is cool
and dad did great things
like when he gave birth to your look before you had one
your eyes are wonderful and they have their own shadows
and sometimes looking great is better than doing great things
but almost never

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