…To Be A Dad.

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Capturing the moment

February 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Today I heard a poem that beautifully captures feelings of love for a daughter, a three year old daughter no less, just like my own.

As it is available online, I have taken the liberty of reprinting here, complete with publisher’s credits. (The book from which it is taken is still available via Amazon.) For a while you will also be able to hear it, as I did, by going here and scrolling to 27 minutes 40 seconds.

BEATTIE IS THREE
At the top of the stairs
I ask for her hand. O.K.
She gives it to me.
How her fist fits my palm,
A bunch of consolation.
We take our time
Down the steep carpetway
As I wish silently
That the stairs were endless.

© 1975, the estate of Adrian Mitchell
From: The Apeman Cometh
Publisher: Jonathan Cape, London, 1975
ISBN: 1 85224 164 0

I have attemtpted to write poetry from time to time, a natural extension of the task of writing lyrics for songs. I’ve rarely been as satisfied with them as I have songs. But reading this perfect expression today, I wonder perhaps should I try again. Try harder. So that I might reach into the future and deliver a message of love to my children, even if, sadly, it is a message that they may only truly understand after I have gone.

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