Mawunyo Adjei

(November 1,1994)

There Stands The Man.


There stands the man, as tall as the Everest Mountain.
When I had four legs, you would throw me so high and
I'd come down with a broad smile because I felt safe in
your warm outstretched arms. I never got to know how you
do your coin trick.
The few times you hugged me felt like a journey to the
end of the world on an elephant.
You never completed the story about the creatures who
descended from the stars every night to bring food to
everyone awake.

Anytime my friends said nice things about their fathers
in my presence, I would be silent because I thought I had
nothing to write home about when it had to do with my father.
Legends are right when they say 'you don't know what you
have until you lose it'.
I don't ever want to repeat this on my death bed
regretfully someday so I listed all the good things about
you, that I may proclaim it boastfully on your birthday
instead of waiting till a tribute.


I'm learning to count my blessings one by one.Yes! , I
may not be in the royal family of England nor amongst the Rockefellers but this one thing I can proudly boast of,
'I have the happiest family in the world'. I don't care
anymore what the world thinks about you.They didn't carry
me on their shoulders to watch the most prestigious
festival neither did they hold my hand on my 1st day at
school, the world did not buy me my favorite toy as well,
you did.
There stands the man, of course he stands tall in my heart.

Submitted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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This is a poetry for all we who do not realize the super dad we have because we are too busy comparing them with others. 'I love you dad', when was the last time you ever said this?

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  • Brianna Winebarger (12/20/2013 8:34:00 AM)

    Very good. You tell your painful story, your fears. My favorite line Anytime my friends said nice things about their fathers in my presence, I would be silent because I thought I had nothing to write. It is raw, like you can feel the little boy crying out. Good job (Report) Reply

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