dr_con Posted July 12, 2009 Share Posted July 12, 2009 Fathers "Children are taught to mistrust strangers forgetting they were raised by two of them"- Christopher Hyatt Grandpa would have lived longer if he had not smoked he says as we walk through redwoods while I puff away practicing with alcohol preparing for tobacco But you never seemed to like Grandpa- his Methodist morality- his hidden pornography the soap for washing my mouth the belt for you playing with cards arguments around a woman made Thanksgiving feast and he was your age when he died a robust 75 so I think-not wanting to shatter illusions after five years of not seeing you infrequent phone calls a one-way street I see men defined by that aggression love expressed in disagreement but I'm a father now in an Age of drifters- skimming the surface of emptiness- denied even the chance to do-it-better than you unwilling to take a stand on false morals-cruel best intentions you believe in fairy tales of who I am-when I lost my virginity how I love my daughter the talent wasted the potential lost I worry what stories people tell about me not if I am good or bad but how alive I was when it happened and considering where you came from despite my wishes to explain it clearly you did a good job of teaching me how to be a dad Quote thegateless.org Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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