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Not All Fathers Are Dads - Poem by Francie Lynch

We lived
In our Goodwill bathing suits
During our arduous summer isolation
From school and friends.
They were shiny, silk-like.
The scrotums were always
A size too big,
And so, sagged,
Exposing us like water snakes
Raising heads from darkness.
We sat in the back seat of the Rambler
Like three monkeys,
Towels wrapped sarong-like.
The heated air rose from the hood
As visible reminders.
This was Mammy's idea,
Hoping he would feel obliged
After many hours of hoeing and weeding.
Just an hour at the Beach.
I longed for the sound of slowly crushed stone
Beneath the tires as we backed out.
He emerged from the house,
Walked to the garage,
Never glancing our way,
A half hour later we got out.
But I saw, I heard, and now I speak.
Some fathers are never Dads.


Comments about Not All Fathers Are Dads by Francie Lynch

  • Gold Star - 25,293 Points Seamus O' Brian (10/11/2016 12:01:00 PM)

    ahhh...that heartsick gulf between a child's hopes and the painful dissipation of those hopes at the will of an unsympathetic parent. I lived such memories, too, and what amazes me is how resilient the hearts of children are. That they will keep on hoping. That they will keep the spark of optimism alive for another day.
    You have so artistically and poignantly captured that in this piece. Another gem. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,125 Points Michael Morgan (8/2/2016 8:34:00 AM)

    Fathers are subject to endless demands and have many responsibilities. That said, we had a rambler, too. MM (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 26,393 Points Lyn Paul (6/2/2016 8:16:00 AM)

    To want for just the simplest thing and then it doesn't happen. Always living on hope. I know this story.
    How right you are. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 17,097 Points Francis Lynch (6/2/2016 10:22:00 AM)

    Thanks for the comment, Lyn.

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Poems About Fathers

  1. 51. Not All Fathers Are Dads , Francie Lynch
  2. 52. Fathers And Sons (1976) Br(Alternate Tit.. , Max Reif
  3. 53. Sins Of The Fathers , Laurence Overmire
  4. 54. Fathers’ Day,2008 , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  5. 55. Just For Fathers! , Clarence Prince
  6. 56. Fathers' Day. , Hana Gerzanic-Hons
  7. 57. Children Need Their Fathers , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. 58. For Fathers On Father's Day , Clarence Prince
  9. 59. Fathers And Sons , Patricia Denise Newman
  10. 60. A Fathers Love , kipper Stagg
  11. 61. A Fathers Heart , Melissa Desiree Reddy
  12. 62. My Fathers Love , Cathy Bellah
  13. 63. Happy Fathers Day - Lord Of All Creation , Matt Mondschein
  14. 64. Founding Fathers Philosophy , Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  15. 65. Fathers' Day , Swapan Deep Singh
  16. 66. Your Fathers Son , Jerry Abrahamson
  17. 67. Fathers Song , Aldo Kraas
  18. 68. May There Be More Fathers Like This , Saiom Shriver
  19. 69. Between Mothers' Day And Fathers' Day , Bashyam Narayanan
  20. 70. A Fathers Son-A Sons Father , Franklin Spriggs
  21. 71. In My Fathers Eyes , Jesse OHandley
  22. 72. Happy Fathers Day Dad , yesenia Ramirez
  23. 73. In Front Of Our Fathers , Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello
  24. 74. Fathers Day.. , Holly Elizabeth
  25. 75. A Plea To Our Fathers , Patricia Clarke
  26. 76. My Fathers God , Daniel Richmond
  27. 77. The Labour Of Love Dedicated To Fathers , Vivien C. Patrick
  28. 78. Fathers Day , Christabelle Marinelarena
  29. 79. Fathers, We Have A Question For You , Monica Rupazo
  30. 80. Thanks To Our Founding Fathers , BRUCE MARTONE
  31. 81. You Got Two Fathers , Aldo Kraas
  32. 82. Sins Of Fathers , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  33. 83. Fathers’ Day,2009 , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  34. 84. Fathers’ Day , Bashyam Narayanan
  35. 85. Descendents Of Their Founding Fathers , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  36. 86. A Fathers Torment , louis rams
  37. 87. God Of Our Fathers , Gert Strydom
  38. 88. The Spirits Of Our Fathers , Henry Lawson
  39. 89. My Dead Fathers Dignity , Joseph Narusiewicz
  40. 90. Our Fathers , Hannington Mumo
  41. 91. Lines On Overhearing Two Young Boys Argu.. , Francis Duggan
  42. 92. Prayer For All Fathers , Trade Martin
  43. 93. Fathers , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  44. 94. ! ! The Desert Fathers , Michael Shepherd
  45. 95. Fathers - Fathers As Good Role Models , Paul Warren
  46. 96. Fathers Of The Earth , Frank Bana
  47. 97. Fathers , AHO Speaks
  48. 98. Fathers And Mothers , Naveed Akram
  49. 99. Fathers Day , Phil Soar
  50. 100. Fathers Day 2 , Phil Soar
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