Hand in Hand: A Poem for Father’s Day

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We skip along hand in hand

I on the inside you on the outside

the birds sing the sun shines

on your little girl and my doting dad

*

We stride along side by side

I on the outside you on the inside

darkness falls the moon shines

on your feminist hippy and my fifties dad

*

We stroll along hands on the pram

I on the inside you on the outside

the birds sing the sun shines

on my newborn son and my proud dad

*

We saunter along,  a stick in your hand

I on the inside you on the outside

The clouds darken the rains fall

on your oldest child and my aging dad

*

I shuffle along hands by my sides

down the edge of the road

the air chills the trees stir

I’m all alone you’re no longer here

*

I miss you, Dad. Happy Father’s Day.

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Copyright: Chris McGowan

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My Dad Walked Straight and Tall Like A Soldier

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My dad

walked straight

and tall

like

a soldier

*

My dad

messed about

in boats

like

a sailor

*

My dad

rode cycles

and bikes

like

a youngster

*

We walked

and

played

like

father and daughter

*

Then…

*

Grudgingly

I laughed

at

his antics

and jokes

*

Moodily

I removed

my make-up

and

rings

*

Frustrated

I cried

when

my arguments

failed

*

Guiltily

I accepted

his

money

and aid

*

Then…

*

Happily

we walked

and

laughed

till we cried

*

But…

*

Devastated

I learned

that

he

suddenly

died

*

Gratefully

I thank

his

support of

his daughter

*

My dad

was proud

and

smiled

like a

father

*

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Copyright: Chris McGowan