Tag: father

Excerpts from Three Poems About a Father’s Hands

“These hands are my father’s hands but smaller”
—Why?, “These Hands”

“My father gave me these hands, fingers
inch-wide and muscular like his”
—Richard Blanco, “My Father, My Hands”

“These hands are my father’s hands these eyes
Excessively veined his eyes”
—Charles Wright, “Congenital”

 

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Notes on Masculinity, Part Six: Five Easy Pieces; Night and Day

CRYING
He is ashamed
For others to
See his stony face
Crumble.

But crumble is
What will be –
Tears of lifelong
Amnesty.

Only figures of
Fatherly stature can
Claim witness to such
Calamity.

five_easy_pieces_crying night_and_day_crying

The Lydia Davis Project: Two Sisters

(based on Lydia Davis’ short story ‘Two Sisters’)
 

Born one after the other in
Imperfect sequence.
These girls exist as
Reminders of a man’s
Failure.

A man is not a man
Until his wife
Bears him  a son.
That is the way
Of the father.

These daughters filled
With daddy’s disappointment
Carry resentment for
Each other: The girl who
Could have been a brother.

All our poor girls – now women –
Will toil away, leaving
More daughters behind,
Their husbands disappointed
With no successful successors.