Like Father, Like Jupiter

by V.S. Frimmit

DAD LOOSES UP HIS BELT, so for now he will stay sitting
(& till he rises I for now escape a belted beating)
He's stuck there in his lounger as if he's stuck on Lost
Wondering in his mumbling how much time travel costs?

Burping, lounging beltless, daddy catches up news
On TV the Latvians march to beat recession blues
Dad gets angry when he sees a bit on Sarah Palin
He points at her then at me as proof the schools are failing.

    Father's Day is coming. What to get for the old man?   
    Daddy he is savvy but he keeps his style staid
    says he'd like to toast the short life of Gary Coleman
    then dip his comb in the Gulf for all the free pomade

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