Bathing My Grandfather, and: To a Possible Tenant

Bathing My Grandfather, and: To a Possible Tenant Ronald Dzerigian Bathing My Grandfather I shave his face, careful to keep his moustache just right, pencil-thin, the way grandmother likes, undress him, help him into the shower. One then two slow steps into the warm water. If my hands are cold, he tells me. I place the white bar of soap into the washcloth, start with his feet, then his legs. My legs are his legs. When I wash his penis I warn him, prepare him for the discomfort. His testicles, feared damaged from a fragment of factory pine, helped give life to my father, helped me get to this bathroom, this shower, this age. Every morning I look into the mirror, naked. I see him: same genitals, same thin frame, same misshapen chest. To a Possible Tenant for my wife I have polished the old wood floors for you, covered the oak with three coats of lacquer so you can see yourself when you look down. I’ve replaced the tile using good strong grout that will not crumble for at least one lifetime. All of the boxes that sat browning in the garage have been thrown out. The walls, white, wait for your white car to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Bathing My Grandfather, and: To a Possible Tenant

Prairie Schooner, Volume 91 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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Ronald Dzerigian Bathing My Grandfather I shave his face, careful to keep his moustache just right, pencil-thin, the way grandmother likes, undress him, help him into the shower. One then two slow steps into the warm water. If my hands are cold, he tells me. I place the white bar of soap into the washcloth, start with his feet, then his legs. My legs are his legs. When I wash his penis I warn him, prepare him for the discomfort. His testicles, feared damaged from a fragment of factory pine, helped give life to my father, helped me get to this bathroom, this shower, this age. Every morning I look into the mirror, naked. I see him: same genitals, same thin frame, same misshapen chest. To a Possible Tenant for my wife I have polished the old wood floors for you, covered the oak with three coats of lacquer so you can see yourself when you look down. I’ve replaced the tile using good strong grout that will not crumble for at least one lifetime. All of the boxes that sat browning in the garage have been thrown out. The walls, white, wait for your white car to

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