by KYLE NEWMAN
RENDERINGS OF A SCAR
My late son, in my version of heaven,
is reading the box scores aloud
with his Cheerios or beef jerky. Now
he ponders the standings. No.
He is listening for his mom, below
in the kitchen. Is she laughing hard
or still crying? These fleeting answers
only come when bounding down
a flight of stairs, or looking lost
on a corner among skyscrapers.
I’d tell him to eat up because
he can’t miss the bus again and that
my love for him is like sand spanned
across the quiet breakfast tables
of minted time. The sound of grit from
just moving the butter. Chewing loudly
while believing he’s always been
like me, learning under lintels.
KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Broncos and Rockies for The Denver Post. His first three collections of poems are available on Amazon and he has been published in hundreds of literary journals worldwide. The Arizona State University alum is on Twitter @KyleNewmanDP and more info and writing can be found at kgnewman.com. He lives in Hidden Village, Colorado, with his wife and two kids.