Father's Day.

by Poet on the Piano   Jun 21, 2020


I used to want to
follow in your footsteps,
back when children were
your first priority
and not your anger.

Do you remember
when you carried me
on your shoulders and
pointed out all of the
constellations?

I wish for the simpler
times, for the silence
that meant you were
about to tell a story,
not the calm before
the storm.

We're not in the same
galaxy, anymore

and though we're
pleasant to each other now,

I can't lean on you
in the same way
without flinching a little,
without feeling like a
falling star

that's not worth being
caught.

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  • 2 months ago

    by Liz

    you have no idea how much I relate to this... on every level.

  • 2 months ago

    by Anthony Krieman

    I can unfortunately relate to the “bad guy” in this story. I have a pretty high stress occupation that also requires long stents of absence from my family. The things I’ve gone through in the last few years have left a mark, and I find I lose my temper a lot quicker than when I was a civilian. I’m working at it, and this will not be me. This poem just made it into my wallet, and will hopefully be a reminder to take a breather, because my three little stars are worth catching.

    • 2 months ago

      by Poet on the Piano

      Thank you so much for reading and your honesty and heart in what you shared, Anthony. Peace to you!

  • 3 months ago

    by Gracy Judith

    A lovely take on Father's Day.

    I love the lines:

    I wish for the simpler
    times, for the silence
    that meant you were
    about to tell a story,
    not the calm before
    the storm

    So many meanings can be construed out of silence…and I love the way you’ve conveyed it here. And when you say you wish for simpler times…one can perceive childhood being simple as opposed to the life of adults wherein opinions clash; we get weighed down my responsibilities or we get so busy that we lose sight of the beauty in simpler things.

    Beautifully penned!

    • 2 months ago

      by Poet on the Piano

      Thank you, Gracy, appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts.

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