He wrote, “Absalomism.”
“What is that?” the mythic manticore
“Resisting and rebelling against one’s
father as in King David and son Absalom,”
the therapist said.
“Haven’t we all?” the sons proclaim.
“Or at least wanted to, perhaps short of
hanging by one’s hair and having
darts thrust into one’s dangling torso by
father’s general Joab?”
“Filed and pumiced down,” the author wrote
a few pages before. The character
said his father had been
rubbed down to the ground by his second wife,
but the therapist
sensed some scorpion’s stinger
being projected, whizzing just past her ear.
Was the son dangling from the oak
by his beautiful, lion’s manticore mane and
swaying in the wind just over
because father had done the filing and
pumicing and don’t all
sons of the fathers swing in the wind
from time to time
before landing on their feet, hopefully,
in the therapist’s office or
on their rumps
back down on the mule
who, unlike Absalom’s,
hadn’t run off?