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Monday, June 21, 2021

The Father Hood

 

The Originals

It starts out with a snuffle--a voice he's never heard before,
And suddenly, he's a Father. With a whole new world in store.
The time goes by, he's changed a thousand diapers, maybe more,
His hair's grown grey along the sides, his back is bent and sore,
Knows feeding, changing--s'expert on most 'baby' stuff that's sold,
Imagine how much more he'll know when his child is two days old . . .

The years fly past, his baby's reached the great old age of three,
That wondrous time when head and hands reach *ouch* above the knee,
The scars have healed from babe's first tooth, the child can even talk,
The tiny hard hat's put away--his little one can walk.
The child is toilet-trained, survived each illness, scratch and sore,
Dad knows it all. (Good thing because his wife just had two more.)

His babes grow tall--or he grows small--there's quite a shift in size,
He's not as smart as he once was, through his adolescent's eyes.
He's older now and he can see both sides of any fight,
But it matters not 'cause, like his child, he knows that he is right.
And as he watches, painfully, the sometimes good and bad,
There's one thing that will never change--the fact that he's their dad.

And so it goes, he does his best, survives on little rest,
He goes the round t'ween work and home and simply does his best.
There is little recognition for the work he does each day,
A baby hug, a chocolate kiss may be his only pay.
But he strangles his impatience as he watches tiny hands,
And he gently speaks when teenage heads just do not understand.

His prods and pushes--anger, too, he tempers, 'cause he cares,
His one reward, his children's love, he'll treasure through the years.

Photo Credit: Karen of bakinginatornado.com
Cause Mondays do get knocked a lot,
With poetry, we all besought
To try to make the week begin
With gentle thoughts,
Perhaps a grin?
So KarenCharlotteMimi, me
Have crafted poems for you to see.
And now you’ve read what we have wrought…
Did we help?
Or did we not?

Next Week's topic should be fun...
It's BUBBLES. Please tell everyone!





Thinking of joining us for Poetry Monday?
We'd love to welcome you!
Topics for the next few weeks...
Fathers (June 21) Today
Bubbles (June 28)
Bikinis (July 5)
Cheer the Lonely (July 12)
Raspberry Cake Day (July 19)
Parents Day (July 26)
Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2)
Cats (August 9)
Tell a Joke (August 16)
Wind (August 23)
Monsters (August 30)


4 comments:

  1. Awwww...how wonderful. When I grew up, fathers were not expected to be involved - but mine was! And so was yours. We are both so fortunate.

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    1. You know, I thought everyone had a father like mine. Then one day my friend came to school with huge black stripes across her back and shoulders from her dad’s belt. I was shocked to my toes. IT was then I realized just how special my dad was. So glad you experienced the same!

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  2. Truly fabulous! The dads in our lives have been winners, what a blessing.

    You've listed several more topics, and i was trying to think of a few to suggest. Shoes, Remembering 8-Track Tapes, and, gads, September 13 is Monday the 13th!!! It also happens to be Defy Superstition Day.

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