His black leather shoes
beside his chair, newly reheeled,
insides warm, too large for me to fill 
— that old cliche — him snoring, 
two vodka tonics in, 
fleck of heavy casserole on his chin,
something on the console TV,
Bonanza or Lost In Space.

He never shared his dreams,
what he wanted to be
before life got in the way,
what would be the point
except to create waves.
The closest he came
was at the air museum
when he lingered by the fighter jets, 
how he touched their silver skin. 

One time my brothers and I 
recorded him snoring 
and played it back,
volume cranked,
mocking, teasing mercilessly:

the chair still sags 
from the weight of him.