In the evening of
my Father’s last day
I fed him peas and carrots
He didn’t like the
chocolate Ensure

I sang ” Just a closer
walk with thee”
and Mary hugged him.

Then some people
we didn’t know
showed up, and
he led an animated talk
about their
athletic daughter
after which he tired and
we left him to sleep

Then at 2 am we got the call
and sister Mary and I,
took that first time ever
last drive, for which
there is no training
to see what was left of him

and Mary took
a few snips
of dear grey hair
for each of us
to keep