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Issue 10: October 2021
Poem: 149 words
By Dave Russo

Song for My Father: 1

I loved the moans under his door, 
little mists of blood. 

I loved the lethal shadows of bones 
in his fluoroscope, 

the frank grins of buttocks, 
and the openness of unlucky people 

in his waiting room—like the man 
who blew my Halloween horn 

and fell into delirium tremens. 
I loved his Lincoln Continental 

and his check-writing machine. 
The checks flew like swifts 

over the town, over the clocks 
and prosecutors and rumors 

of abortions. He disappeared 
into the courthouse on black and white TV. 

I remember the lake, sometimes. 
My father is watching as I dive 

to the bottom to fetch cold leaves. 
I come up to rain, the pier 

floating away with him. I call out 
but make no sound. 

He looks more and more 
sad as I go under. 

They drained the lake. Just briars, 
brambles and broom sedge now. 

Dave Russo’s
Issue 10, October 2021

haiku have appeared in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Acorn, and other journals. His work is anthologized in A New Resonance 5 (Red Moon Press, 2019), as well as in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2015). Dave is a founding member of The Haiku Foundation, and he organizes events for the North Carolina Haiku Society.

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