Occupied

Occupied

A Poem by Robert Ronnow

As a boy, I'd find my father
sitting in the pitch dark living room,
cigarette aglow, as I'd pass
from my bed to the bathroom.

Did the boy consider, at that late hour,
what plans or fears occupied the man?
Not at all, nor did the man share
with the passing boy what he thought.

Now he's gone. Back from that piss
and many another, I can well imagine
the mystery I must be to my son.
Has much changed but the date and where the man fought?

Most men, most times, abide in peace,
leastwise not always angry or afraid
they cannot save their children from the gas
or the abyss about which God lied.

Yet, when the boy dreams through the room
in the movement of his body there's a sleepiness
to make the man weep for himself, his father
and the boy who comes to the darkness unafraid.

© 2020 Robert Ronnow


Author's Note

Robert Ronnow
“And he is generous, and brave, and when the darkness comes to him he does not sit and weep.” --The Leopard Woman

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Added on December 24, 2014
Last Updated on April 9, 2020
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