forklift driving lessons i asked my father to show me how he heaves one day into another. a paring knife to sever tendons. cow meat in the freezer. the future is carnivorous. morning comes & dew lays like harpsichord notes. we stand in the driveway to practice staying alive. he drinks from a brown bottle & a swarm of owls perch on the roof to look down on us, twisting their heads like bottle caps. the machine devours me. levers & a turned key. he says, "now you are a man, now you can lift anything." i start by carrying him.