I love this poem about being a father, by Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley. Reblogged from http://www.celebratingchange.blog
Guest editor Degna Stone was attracted to this poem because it shows “the ever changing relationship between a parent and child. The challenge of responding to someone who is constantly evolving to find their place within the world.”
I knew she was a girl before she arrived.
Didn’t have to tell me.
A father knows these things.
Don’t let nobody tell you different.
I think the first word she said was ‘Why?’
Not ‘Mummy’ or ‘Daddy’ or ‘Love’
I take her abroad.
Amongst the sand dunes
Treads on castles
Takes in every moment, every movement
Refuses to rhumba.
Not interested in the festivities,
with the B-team performers
Jovial about nothing more than
we’re on holiday
And they’re getting paid
She looks with side eye
Or over the rim of her glasses
saying the same thing every day
Are you up for the challenge…
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