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Not All Fathers Are Dads - Poem by Francie Lynch

We lived
In our Goodwill bathing suits
During our arduous summer isolation
From school and friends.
They were shiny, silk-like.
The scrotums were always
A size too big,
And so, sagged,
Exposing us like water snakes
Raising heads from darkness.
We sat in the back seat of the Rambler
Like three monkeys,
Towels wrapped sarong-like.
The heated air rose from the hood
As visible reminders.
This was Mammy's idea,
Hoping he would feel obliged
After many hours of hoeing and weeding.
Just an hour at the Beach.
I longed for the sound of slowly crushed stone
Beneath the tires as we backed out.
He emerged from the house,
Walked to the garage,
Never glancing our way,
A half hour later we got out.
But I saw, I heard, and now I speak.
Some fathers are never Dads.


Comments about Not All Fathers Are Dads by Francie Lynch

  • Gold Star - 20,280 Points Seamus O' Brian (10/11/2016 12:01:00 PM)

    ahhh...that heartsick gulf between a child's hopes and the painful dissipation of those hopes at the will of an unsympathetic parent. I lived such memories, too, and what amazes me is how resilient the hearts of children are. That they will keep on hoping. That they will keep the spark of optimism alive for another day.
    You have so artistically and poignantly captured that in this piece. Another gem. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,122 Points Michael Morgan (8/2/2016 8:34:00 AM)

    Fathers are subject to endless demands and have many responsibilities. That said, we had a rambler, too. MM (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,906 Points Lyn Paul (6/2/2016 8:16:00 AM)

    To want for just the simplest thing and then it doesn't happen. Always living on hope. I know this story.
    How right you are. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 15,158 Points Francis Lynch (6/2/2016 10:22:00 AM)

    Thanks for the comment, Lyn.

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