Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0399 The Father - Poem by Michael Shepherd

Saturday afternoon,
the air, now so hot, and streets
busy with that slightly faster pace of personal intention,
weekend plans:

I remember the face from years ago -
dropout, errand boy, chancer, hanging around;
carrying that resentful face that settles on some school-age kids:
I'm just not bright...I'm told;

but here, now, today, at the pub' s front table
with his two sons, shining with non-stop conversation -
one an intelligent seven-and-a half, I'd guess,
one a very bright five-year-old,
-both of course a dab with mobile phones;
yet far more lively interested in the moment's talk
on this special boys' day out-
and though Dad reads the menu with slow finger,
you can almost see that magic circle in the air
that spells the enchantment of the family;

and I'm transported by wonder far past words
at that other magic circle
of love, sperm, fatherhood
and love...

Comments about 0399 The Father by Michael Shepherd

  • (6/19/2005 8:00:00 AM)

    Very beautiful and sensitive description of parenthood. Parenthood changes our lives in many ways. It casts a spell and children are so wonderfully oblivious to that magic. GS (Report)Reply

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  • (6/18/2005 11:57:00 AM)

    This is beautiful. Can't have expectations on anyone from youth, eh? The ending is simply superb.


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  • (6/18/2005 11:00:00 AM)

    Well said, Michael. I love the relaxed observance and intentional slow-paced stroll to the finish. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 18, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 15, 2006

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