Posts Tagged ‘fatherhood’

Father’s Day Silence, 2017: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku Lament

June 18, 2017

So many people
tell me I’m a great dad. If
only my kids would.

Fatherly Counsel: Be Selfless: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

March 9, 2014

Since she wants me to/
act like a father, I’ll say:/
“Focus on others.”

Falling Off The Path: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

September 14, 2013

The saddest I will/
ever be is to know how/
I failed my children.

Stay-at-home dad

March 15, 2013

Taking vacations/
to visit friends* is dumb if/
no one wants you there.

*kids

How We Served Memories: Revolutionary ImproVerse Free Verse Poem

February 24, 2013

Of course she remembers
me never serving.
Of course she recalls
I left quickly from every activity,
from every meeting,
from every event.
Of course she recollects
I said “Let’s just go home.”

And of course my children remember
completely the opposite.
They recall that we stayed,
and cleaned up,
and helped put things away,
and talked to everyone,
and were frequently
among the last to leave.

Because when she,
hurt,
in pain,
complaining,
was with us,
my sole desire,
knowing of her pain
and her discomfort,
was to get her home
as quickly as possible;
to get her relaxed
and rested;
to serve her
the best way I knew how.

But when she wasn’t with us,
then my desire was to stay
with my children and
my friends and neighbors,
and serve,
and teach my children to serve.

So both my children’s memories
and her recollections
of how we served,
or didn’t,
are correct.

I do not have to justify
my actions
as I raised my children.
I feel vindicated,
justified,
and absolved.

I did the best
I knew how.
I know it.
My children know it.
And I know He knows it,
because He just told me.

Worst Father Ever: Revolutionary IMproVerse Haiku

October 18, 2012

She calls, asking me/
to take her from something which/
can save her life. No!
–written 2 hours after my daughter was admitted to a treatment center for eating disorders. She called, crying, begging me to pick her up.

Absent Dad: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

June 10, 2012

If I’m busily/
doing my own thing, I miss /
caring for children.