refrigerator door meant
rum and coke
he’d down two glasses before he even
stepped out of his uniform
who wants to come to the store with me?
me, daddy! i want to!
i’d hold the 2 liter with both hands
craddling it like a precious newborn
we’d scavenge for
pretzels and chips and popsicles
pink panther reruns and
tom and jerry marathons
put the lights on for me, daddy!
blue and red, i still see it with closed eyes
rusted wedding rings and slashes through
i’ll always love you
that’s what they all say