The boy will know tomorrows
understand yesterday, someday.
When will you teach me to fly?
He asked his father. That man
told his son, My father never taught me.
The father shattered like digital glass
and became his son's fantasy:
building parts of what a father should be
if the child fostered a man.
That same boy faced his son,
Were you close with your father?
The boy melted into a mouth,
My father crumbled and became
fragments. I buried him somewhere
in your closet. Can you rebuild my father?
The son drank his dad,
and forgot childhood.
His fragments demanded assembly.
Who are you? Asked the mouthpieces
inside the closet. It's me
father, replied the boy,
I failed to teach you how to fly,
he said, his pieces rattled
over the floor. The son began
a tradition as he discarded his father's
cubic bits, legoing a man
he hoped to call dad.
He crushed the rest with the bed's foot.
A powdered paternity refilled the glass.
Learn what you must, said the son,
So that what you will know can raise me.
He opened the window and released his father.