Father's Love

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

Submitted: September 19, 2018

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I heard footsteps
in the night
down the hall

like most parents
footsteps in the dark
are all you need to hear
to know who is awake

most times
its just a short pee
and a sliver of electric light
flips on
then flips off
from underneath the bathroom door

the dog barely lifts
an eyebrow

my youngest is nine
and she'll still find her way to my bed
half sleeping
half awake
in between worlds

"you're like a bear"
she whispers into the darkness
and she digs in and wrestles the quilts
until her little back is pressed against my ribs

we breathe together
in that space
in that time
and I can feel her thoughts let loose to dreams

then I drifted off
thinking about being her bear
and haven't the words
to tell her I feel more like a hollowed out tree
lying on the forest floor
with a space worn perfectly
to keep her safe inside

we both slept past the dawn
everything earthly having melted away

she's my daughter
I'm her dad


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