Lent 28: Fathers

I’m sharing another fatherhood poem here, simply because the subject interests me. Not fatherhood itself – the treatment of it in society, culture & the media. Whatever they are.

Joanne Limburg’s second collection, Paraphernalia, has many poems on the subject of fertility, pregnancy and parenthood – most of them are negative in some way or another. There’s a poem about leaving a child at nursery, one about the end of civilization brought about by the relenting mother giving her toddler unhealthy snacks, one about struggling to express milk for a baby in an incubator, and a heartbreaking one about a young girl struggling with school and timekeeping to be able to keep her baby.

There’s also a fantastic take on Hansel and Gretel – or at least the imagined aftermath of that classic fairytale. I may share that one day too.

     Fathers

     were always closing doors behind themselves,
     slipping out of mind to a place called ‘work’,
     where they would spend their ‘long days’.

     A turn of a key would bring them back
     at six or so, rumpled, inky, half-hidden
     by a newsprint fog called ‘being tired’.

     Out of place, out of site, for years –
     until you come to open your front door,
     tired after your long day, and suddenly
     see them, outlined, distinct:
     who they were, what they did.

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