When Did You Last See Your Father?

When Did You Last See Your Father?

When did you last see your father?
The question delivered,
A mental blow.
Crisp starched linen ruffled
Surrounding, enveloping him.
Morphine induced halluncinations
Of clouds and peace.
My words of love,
of premature goodbyes,
Tears cascading down hot cheeks,
Noses wrinkled at antiseptic vapours.
Back turned and slow stepped
Retreat turns to route
Fleeing footsteps slapping
As if to escape my own
death.

When did you last see your father?
He asked.
When he said goodbye
I replied.