Challenge by Dominic Nelson-Ashley

I love this poem about being a father, by Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley. Reblogged from http://www.celebratingchange.blog

Celebrating Change

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’

But ‘Why?’

I take her abroad.

She sits,

Amongst the sand dunes

Treads on castles

Watches,

Takes in every moment, every movement

Refuses to rhumba.

Not interested in the festivities,

Celebrating

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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