He was once the exploiter
of those who exploited,
found no reason not to reach over the horizon,
see what the world held for him.
But in age, fear grew, clung to him
until he ceased to bring food to his mouth,
and brought his mouth to food.
Photos of firefighter, paratrooper, father
who made his children climb mountains,
build fires, walk deserts.
He thunders across the floor,
the end of an era.