Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Father at Home

Nights you come home,
scatter your shoes and socks with a sigh;
the simple brown IKEA couch we love
receives you like water
receives a raindrop. All day
you have given,

All day
thoughts of home and
wife and son
support you.

When you come home--
You will take your tiny son up in your arms

And as he squeals with infant delight—
unguarded, happy toothless grins
at the promise of playing
Daddy-games: Lions, Footsie, Up-and-Down—

You will remember
what all the rain is for;
You will

How strong a newborn
and a father at home
can be.
(c) Kathryn W. Ritter
May 24, 2010 Monday 10pm

Happy Father's Day, Sweetheart.  Thank you.

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