Ways of Mourning

My father takes me out of school early.
I’m 9. Mother is dead.
He lets me drive.

Leonard Gontarek is the author of St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris,Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners, and Déjà Vu Diner.His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Pool, Volt, Verse, The Best American Poetry, Joyful Noise! American Spiritual Poetry, and The Working Poet. He has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize and twice received poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.