Poem: Old Don Juan | Poetry | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Poem: Old Don Juan 

By the time we reached you on the porch,
you were already three sheets to the wind
with an umbrella pitched in your drink.
You were stark naked, of course,
with your starboard side
reflecting the diffused rays of the sun
through the rattan screen.
It formed a small checker pattern
across your Adam’s apple among
other things.
Your wayward folds and
bemused liver spots
failed to honor the wife
you’ve had for over thirty years.
My mother for one
will never sleep normal again
after seeing your onion form.
It horrifies me to think
she spent her Social Security check
vacationing in the shadow of your fleshy paunch.
You bear no resemblance to the man
she once held close,
my dear father.
Now, please come inside
to finish washing the dishes.

Speaking of...

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Poem: Graeae

    A poem by Shawn Nacona Stroud.
    • May 1, 2016
  • Poem: Weep Hole

    A poem by Gary Barkman.
    • May 1, 2016

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Reading by Quincy Troupe

Mon., Sept. 25, 2:30 p.m. — Troupe is a American Book Award–winning poet, memoirist, journalist, and Miles Davis...

Meeting of End The New Jim Crow Action Network

Mon., Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. — ENJAN is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of...

View all of today's events

Latest in Poetry

More by Brendan Blowers

Hudson Valley Tweets