Tagged: dad

even in helping us

even in helping us
pick out new chairs
for our first dining
table, dad doles
out words of
wisdom, eyeing
ones with backs
supported by
a spine that reaches
like a tree downward,
rooted and firmly
grounded,
so that we can
sit up straighter,
remembering
our own roots
.
20211130:2055
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we rode down city

we rode down city
streets in dad’s scooter, not old
enough to be scared,

yet confident enough to place
our trust in dad to keep us safe
.
20211011:1932
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daddy saved the best

daddy saved the best
for last – an exoskeleton
of a cicada

long shed and waiting to be
shared between fearless explorers
.
20210917:2115
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every september, our

every september, our
backyard becomes
an olympic
gymnasium, with dad
as the umpire, overseeing
guest and resident
hummingbirds
as they whip the air
to compete for the last
of the nectar, filling
up for the long
migration south
.
20210912:1930
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mom and dad rescue

mama rabbit and

mama rabbit and
papa ox –
persistence
paired with an
indomitable
spirit – nothing
is insurmountable
.
20210720:2010
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the robin who made

the robin who made
her nest in dad’s hibiscus
syriacus caught

a whiff of clean laundry airing
on mama’s clothesline, moved north
.
20210511:2113
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every year, dad prunes

every year, dad prunes
mama’s azalea bushes
carefully so that

they become perfectly rounded
buns well before mother’s day
.
20210509:2100
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mom and dad shuttle

mom and dad shuttle
the loom back and forth across the
fabric of our youth,

adolescence, adulthood – a
selvage against unravelings
.
20201215:1922
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dad perfects the love

dad perfects the love
of simplicity and the
unity of love –

biting into a fan tuan,
taking a sip of soy milk
.
20200808:1236
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