Happy Father’s Day


I wrote part I of this poem on Father’s Day 2011.  I was inspired to add to it this year as a continued tribute to my father, who did his best to raise me. Te Quiero Papi, Feliz Día de los Padres. Que Dios Te Bendiga.


I remember his hesitation to love me

Afraid that something would be lost

An unrevealed reason betrays him

He holds me; unnatural yet warm

Firm, but gentle; hesitant but surprised

It is real; father and son

Undone is the façade


His wisdom and love – imperfect – impart

His heart sustained

His heart beats stealth

Our hearts bound in consequence

My future I cannot escape

Undone is the façade

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