Welcome to the sixth in our January series on perspectives, where I have partnered with Brandi Kennedy at Brandi Kennedy: Love Stories and Lifestyle for the Undaunted Woman. And for this post, our prompt was to do something in the realm of poetry. Of course, if you want to check out my other poems, you can read Inspired By Life, Inspired By Love, and Inspired By Passion. This is the fourth in my poetry series, and since both Brandi and I do a bit of writing, we figured we would write some poetry and about our experiences with parenthood. Of course, as a perspectives series, she writes about motherhood, and I write about fatherhood. Definitely check her poetry out. And enjoy the fourth poem or set of poems in my poetry series as I capture, to the best of my ability, what fatherhood means to me: Inspired By Fatherhood.
Inspired By Fatherhood
Today Was Just Like Any Other day . . . Or Was It?
I remember on that fateful night
Or was it day, I can’t remember.
The night I waited in shallow light
To hear the cries of my new born child.
Hour upon hour we expected you
And you refused to enter this world.
Had we done something wrong, fright’ning too,
With each passing hour, our hearts sunk more.
So when tomorrows noon had begun
And the doctor came to speak our fate
He said before setting of the sun
We must go in to take out our child.
And so we talked to each other thus,
Should we wait until you came yourself?
But time was not something we could muss
And so relenting we told him now.
So on the table your mother went
With drugs they gave to keep her from pain
A knife they opened your sleeping tent
And with one big motion out you came.
But then the doctor’s mouth fell open
For you did something no babe could do.
Your knotted cord twisted like rope in
A box, and wrapped five times around you.
Our fears now gone because we did know
You were smart even before your birth.
For you tied your cord in ribboned bow
And knew better than to come for air.
For if you had come the night before,
When we expected you to be here,
Our joy would be lost forevermore
And the world would miss your shining face.
So remember dear if rush you must,
This little lesson you taught to us.
Waiting feels like you are going to bust
But learning to wait reaps fields of gold.
When as a father I became,
I never knew the lessons learned
Would be from one so young of mind
But in my heart they daily burned.
For patience, kindness, love, and grace
Seem oft to be in short supply.
And mindless anger takes the place
With unkind words we do rely.
I can’t believe how much I’ve grown
From when the day you came to us,
Learning how little I have known
And all life’s minus, you made plus.
For this, I cannot thank enough
And for edges, you made less rough.
For My Father
When I was young and but a child,
You took from me pain from hit balls.
And when fear of loneliness piled,
You took us with you on your calls.
For memories, l love so dear,
You were my dad, You’d be right there
To take away my every fear
And give so we’d have not a care.
But into adolescent depths
I plunged, and wanted space from you.
Because I thought I had in-depth
Knowledge of things you had no clue.
One day you knew I’d married be,
And into life I’d bring a child
So your wisdom I’d one day see
And changes come to life so wild.
For on this day a dad I am,
Remembering all the things you taught,
The love to me which you did cram,
And now I know I should have sought.
So just like you I wish to be
And love my daughter meek and mild.
Knowing that one day she will see
A world so dangerous and wild.
Then I hope my love remembers
On the days she feels so alone
And there will be few Decembers
Knowing always my love is home.
Continue The Conversation
So it’s been a crazy week, but I want to express my gratitude to Brandi for keeping me sane in the midst of the craziness. It’s been a great start to this venture of blogging with her. So what things inspire you? What inspires you about your mom? And what inspires you about your dad? What have you learned the most from them? I would love to hear.
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Until next time, this is me signing off.
David Elliott, Single Dad’s Guide to Life