Pa's Song This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

October 15, 2009
Listen to your father singing
just below the voice on the radio,
his voice a high tenor
that makes you think of the wind
when it goes around corners
or sneaks into cracks in the walls.

Listen to the memories the banjo
will bring to him,
memories of a five-string
played at coffee houses and clubs
while a pretty girl waited
to dance with him.

Wonder why,
why he ever stopped.
What could happen to make him,
when each worded remembrance is drizzled
with a nostalgic smile,
when each note makes his stiffened fingers itch.

Wonder how this grinning, bearded man
became many times a father, many times a husband,
always a musician,
but never in the band
he wanted to find here
when he was young.

Watch his capable hands knead dough
and remember when you would hold his thumb,
in the days when he still prayed with you at night.
When he looks up and hugs you,
understand that when he was 17,
this is not where he imagined he'd be at 70,
but that you are still the greatest song
he's ever played a chord in.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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Aderes18 said...
Apr. 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm
This is a great poem! :)
 
DanceAway This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm
wow this is so amazing 
 
oracle-of-nonsense This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm
Thank you :)
 
Phoenix97 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm
This is beautiful! I think this poem just became one of my favorites on this website. Excellent work :)
 
oracle-of-nonsense This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm
I'm glad you enjoyed it. :]
 
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