Daddy Daydreamer

I am Grateful

A poem

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I am grateful for my mistakes,
anxieties and fears
they give rise to my courage,
for those I hold dear

I am grateful for having
been broken, in pain
so hope can rebuild,
dissolve all the blame

I am grateful to be alive;
my next breath fills my lungs
I am grateful to feel old
and also feel young

I am grateful in every . . .

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May 08, 2020

Poems to be alone together

Yellow moon

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One thing my family is doing more of during isolation is reading together. My boys dusted off some old standbys—the Harry Potter series.

As my younger son read The Philosopher's Stone, my older son read The Half-Blood Prince. I stared at them. When did they get so old?

I was moved to write some poems . . .

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April 28, 2020

Just another Saturday in isolation


Image: Sarah C, Creative Commons

SHE MAKES MUFFINS and pancakes, boys read at kitchen table. Cat suns herself by patio door. Mush, mush, she mixes ingredients in stainless steel mixing bowl, green plastic mixing bowl to her right. She reads recipe on top of microwave. Grabs some things out of fridge, crunch crunch, cracks eggs. . . .

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April 19, 2020

This, too, shall pass

A poem

This too shall pass

Image: Florencia Lewis, Creative Commons License


living in constant fear
an invisible enemy
virus lurks
every crevice
nook and cranny
economic havoc
news cycle
other concerns
there is no other
this is it
the new normal
the old normal
enjoy the fresh air
(if . . .

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April 12, 2020

A man yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the LRT station. This is what I did

Crumpled papers in garbage that say: sexism, racism, homophobia

Image: Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany / CC BY

I was heading down the last flight of stairs at the Lyon LRT station in Ottawa. A man stormed around the corner from the fare gates. He wore a leather jacket from a local university and one of those hard hats they give to first-year students.

. . .

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March 11, 2020

The Othering

A poem

Our Answer All-Out Production, Canada, WWII Propaganda Poster
Image: Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Company Limited [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Good versus evil
it's just people killin' people
who knows why
a bigger piece of the pie

gather your tribe
offer a bribe
rally your nation
fire the imagination

demonize the other
lock up your brother
silence your sister
doesn't . . .

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February 29, 2020

How lucky I am to be married to my wife

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There was a cool breeze that day one May on the Thirsty Moose patio. Traffic whizzed by every now and then. My wife and kids had gone to the bathroom. I sat at the table with my mother-in-law.

She reminded me how lucky I am to be married to her daughter.

Yes, I am very fortunate. Thank you for raising such a wonderful person.

. . .

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February 14, 2020


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