Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)


Misty Memories Of My Father's Waltz - Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

the father was drunk on drink drunk on malt whiskey
for a temperance committee the sight would not be pretty;
in a child's idolizing eyes his father danced a pretty ditty
for a father drunk on drink, to waltz music he stepped smartly;

the father was drunk on drink drunk on rare treat whiskey
for a hard working poor loving father money came not easy;
he was finally in his home his castle celebrating his son's party
for a loving hard working parent, love for his son shone brightly;

the whiskey on his breath made a small boy dizzy
but his son hung on like death in a love hug tightly;
around the room they romped, till pans skid fell from kitchen selves

his mother's countenance was not deadpan locked in rigid frowns;
father's hand that held his son's wrist was battered on one knuckle
at every step father missed, son's right ear sore scraped a buckle;

but in a small son's eyes adoration adored the father's smiles
father beat time on son's head with a palm caked hard by dirt;
then waltzed the son off to bed still clinging to his Dad's shirt
father is drunk with love, for music the waltz the child smiles;

sharing the moment which speaks of dusted off childhood memories
a child idolizing a hard working loving parent always caring giving;
who even though drunk walks his son off to bed still forever loving
ritually waltzing his son to his bedroom, in father's waltz memories;

style smiles in malt tones make this golden gilt framed moment
a rare treasured precious occurrence not a common nightly event;
as enigmatic as enduring adoration a lapdog faithful loving child
is relating at every step missed, a dreamlike memory reality held;


Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Topic(s) of this poem: childhood


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in September 2015 on the 21.9.2015.
Inspired by the poem 'My Papa's Waltz' by Theodore Roethke.
Dedicated to the poet Theodore Roethke.

Comments about Misty Memories Of My Father's Waltz by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (9/22/2015 7:54:00 AM)


    Verily, after mother's love, a father's love is the greatest love on earth
    Loved reading it
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  • (9/20/2015 11:45:00 PM)


    An intriguing verse made poignant by a loose string of perspectives. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, September 20, 2015


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