The son's eyes set low as green felt feigns grass stains. The son does not cry at the father's funeral. The son holds them in. He, the son, is now a rung higher and lower. Simultaneous promotions and disappearances. He is the last line.
The son does all the planning. For the day of, the week next. The month's end, and the bills due. The son does all the fathering that the father has now left behind. He is now a caretaker. A husband to two wives, his, and his. The son and the father were not strong in their love. Not a single day.
The son will find humility where once was cruelty. Where once was impulse he finds patience. Where once a sinner comes anew virtue.
The son is now a house where once was a home. The son is now alone.
watching a friend mourn a sudden loss, perhaps paying too close of attention