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A poem ~ Remembering my dad as well as my ex-husband

A chapter in the book Family Matters

On This Father's Day

by BeasPeas

'Family Matters' ~ #20-450-B

On this Father's Day, I remember you well,
a man of honor with strength to family.
I cannot say I felt your love, heart to swell,
but you remained steady with duty manly.

I waited for years to gain your devotion,
listening for the praise that would hardly come.
I longed for your approval, adoration,
waited and waited ever glad for a crumb.

Still underneath, I had hoped you would soften,
as the daily grind ground out the life we led.
Yet now that it's done I think of you often,
sadly lamenting tender words never said.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 18, 2017
'Family Matters'



Syllables: 11
I think we, as women, tend to pick men like our dad. I recognized in my ex-husband the traits of my father, honor, family, steadiness, duty--but with that came inability to share, especially emotion. There were glimpses here and there, a teary eye quickly wiped away. Maybe their love was deeper than I thought, but I'll never know.

Image: My mom, Bea, (the Bea in beaspeas) and my dad, Billy. Coney Island, circa 1957. Photographer: Marilyn D.F. Boire
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