Violent Tenderness

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


A free-form poem for a daughter meeting her father for the first time.

Submitted: August 27, 2018

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Submitted: August 27, 2018

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Imagination got it wrong,

the daydreams pale shadows 

and false imitations,

he was nothing like that,

yet exactly that at once,

incongruous ideals combined

in the hand on her cheek,

violent with tenderness 

and half realized eagerness,

a blessing newly discovered, 

yet familiarly accepted.


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