My Father’s Late Nights

Flipping between Leno and Letterman, 
ironing his shirts in his boxers 
by the glow of far-away soundstages,

periodically walking a few feet
from the board to the bed 
to close my eyes with his hand
and tell me there’s a hundred bricks
all over my body – Your arms
are feeling verrrry heavy

and suddenly they do, 
overcome with comforting weight
as I listen to the cymbal crash
and the crowd laughing 

and my dad uttering a chuckle 
every now and then, between 
wrinkles becoming more permanent
the harder and harder he presses.


KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Broncos and Rockies for The Denver Post. The Arizona State alum’s first four collections of poems are available on Amazon. More info and writing can be found at He lives in Hidden Village, Colorado, with his wife and three kids.

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