Lemme tell you something…

FATHER’S DAY

My brother Sean and I carrying Pop through the hospital and making it look like he's walking.

2008 – My brother Sean and I hoisting Pop through the hospital to make it look like he’s walking.

Say In Whispers

Heard my Father say in whispers
“Nothing stops the hands of time.”
Lay there in his final bedcheck
as he slowly lost his mind.

Fight against the constant whither
Fight the deadly growth of weight
Shock your mind into behavior
Shock your body’s failing state

Dementia Demons freed at long last
No suppressing line of fire
Sucked into Parkinson’s vortex
An honest man will die a liar

SHOCK YOU
SHOCK ME
SHOCK BACK

In a moment’s lucid wormhole
one last time to speak his mind
Desperately he grabbed at my hand
as the gears began to grind

“Rarely does the working builder
sail the very ship he made
You’re the design you were given
But you alone will sail the waves.”

SHOCK YOU
SHOCK ME
SHOCK BACK
SHOCK YOU
SHOCK ME
SHOCK BACK

Somewhere when I don’t remember
childish innocence became
raped and tattered ignorance of a
man who couldn’t play the game

Older still and doors are closing
kick them in with all your might
force the Mountain King to make room
or take his throne and claim his right

Most impressive are the ones who
make a mountain of their own
lonely though the Mountain king who
Cannot pass along the throne

SHOCK YOU
SHOCK ME
SHOCK BACK
SHOCK YOU
SHOCK ME
SHOCK BACK

Falls away or turns to grey
over soon before you know it
sitting still after the ending
Hanging on through scrolling credits

Hope the usher overlooks you
then light chases dark away
some are swept up before others
but no one ever gets to stay

Heard my father say in whispers
Heard my father say in whispers
Heard my father say in whispers

Nothing stops the hands of time…

Copyright 2008, E.C. McMullen Jr.

Father’s Day, 2013
E.C. McMullen: 1935 – 2012

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