Father and daughter

img_4580One day you will notice what the days do,
how they curl and build
and fall apart
like the waves,
most times indistinct,
sometimes disappearing

like socks in a drawer
you can’t find,
they fold over on themselves
and get separated
for no good reason.

My dear, when you discover it all
don’t be sad: step back
and take it in while you can,
although they may feel the same,
try to notice each one.

(For Lily, inspired by the Cat Stevens song Father and Son.)

Photo by Loren Chasse (Oil City, WA).

Categories: parenting, poetry

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10 replies

  1. There they are. Words waiting for a tune. Get busy.

    Do you know Paul Simon’s Father and Daughter? Close your eyes and don’t watch the terrible video. Just listen to the song.

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    • I didn’t know that song! What a sweet guitar lick, and the line about the postcard of the golden retriever standing guard, that got me. His voice is like softened caramel! Thanks for sharing. It was hard not to look at the video of course, I’ll not be unkind about that: it’s Paul Simon, come on…! Really cool, beautiful song. Bill


  2. Sometimes I’m glad I’m not a father. I think I’d be weeping uncontrollably most days …

    Hoping Lily takes your sound advice about noticing each one. Words to live by.


    • That’s a nice sentiment Kevin, thank you. I get the weeping uncontrollably thing too; that’s something we get to look forward to, woo hoo. (or ‘boo hoo,’ I guess) — Bill


  3. awwwwww – i have 3 grown daughters and know of what you speak )

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  4. Beautiful. Made my throat go all lumpy for my daughter.

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