Rain God

Dad visited me for the first time since graduation. We fished the whole day and shared secrets about our ex-lovers. He explained to me why my mother named me after a rain god. He laughed when I joked I must’ve changed her weather overnight.
     On our way to breakfast I asked him why he used to come up to my bedroom in the middle of the night and do all those things when I was a kid. He parked the car and killed the engine.
     We didn’t see or talk to each other for twelve years. His second wife buried him in the yard of a flooded church. I moved back to the city.

Deer Legs

watching my father
string the soft spots
in deer legs

Sweet Teeth

Apo comes home with a new hip, a bowl made of copper that we touch through her sweater.