Wednesday afternoon

My father is “having fun”

cleaning the floor

he uses the plugged in sink as a bucket

wears rags on his feet

and shimmies to a cleaning beat

he asks me to read the label

on the bottle for him

he wants our floor to shine

and laughs when (surprise)

it does

this is how I will remember him

moonwalking across our kitchen floor

rags under his feet

“that’s how my mother taught me”

he says

“but I never take any note

it takes me forty years to do what she say”

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