I understand now.
I am slow. It took me some time.
Only the living change clothes
Oh! That explains why burial crypts
have many drawers—
none filled with shirts
Last week I looked at your headstone
and wondered why
with all our technology
the stone is not shaped like your head.
I placed a Brooks Brothers catalogue
in your grave before the dirt covered you.
copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney
This poem is about a father—not my father.