a poem in which the poet retracts a view or sentiment expressed in a former poem.
My father stands in my memory seriousness, good intentions intact. He has shifted in my time from distance to closeness, shed his professional ambition and all his focused successes to enter my life still wearing his white coat and black tie. He smiles, gives the old laugh, pats my back like an associate convinced the business way works for the family way. He reads the room and says he wants to be your inspiration yet, you know, all he does is put patients asleep and correct the few grammatical slips in the poems you dare show him. His ghost expects you to spread his ashes in between the white spaces of this poem.