Your father was captain of the drink
A sinking ship in a whiskey sea  

He once tried teaching you to drive
Showed up with a flask and a pillow  

The liquor gone before you left the driveway
He passed out on the pillow  

You drove carefully around the block
Then left him snoring in the car  

Someone drew soap faces on his window
He was your Halloween all year round  

Your mother tunneled a cave so deep
You never saw her except  

When the moon hunted her down
At times she looked like root  

Or maybe granite
Sometimes she crept out  

To watch Queen for a Day
Seeing herself in that robe and tears  

A garbage disposal or new vacuum
Her just reward  

Step softly now through days
That teeter the fluid and the frozen  

The hand that lusts danger
The heart that envies stone