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Father Boy

Oh Father Boy, Oh Father Boy
You didn’t see the signs
You didn’t hear a thing did you
Oh Father Boy, my dear
You didn’t see, you didn’t look, you didn’t listen either
You didn’t try to understand
You didn’t take the time
You weren’t a Father, Father Boy, you weren’t a Father, Father.

Oh Father Boy, Father Boy
When a Father has a Boy
To be a Father, Father see
You have to see the Boy
The Boy inside the Father
And the Father in the Boy
But Father Boy, Oh Father Boy
You just didn’t pay attention
For a Boy to be a Father, Father
He cannot be a Father Boy.


(Previously published in Megaera, #4, Fall 2000)

Submitted: Saturday, April 08, 2006
Edited: Saturday, April 05, 2008


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  • Sally Clarke (4/9/2006 2:23:00 AM)

    Had to read this one a few times before I 'got it' but it IS early in the morning! !

    If you want to be a great parent, you need to keep some of the child you were inside you.

    Clever poem, Larry.

    Love Sally X

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