life, in pursuit of happiness

 

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was his favorite
holiday when
dad, guardian
of hot punk,
would light
our sparklers;
we’d laugh and
dance in grass,
swirling
happy sparks
in waves of
patriotism.

now he comes
to iowa to
visit us, his
(temp) guardians,
and to watch
fireflies & fireworks,
celebrating his
independence
from assisted living;
he laughs aloud
at whistling stars
and deaf-defying
bangs.

how can i
bear the time
when dad’s
bright spark
explodes and
sizzles out,
smoking white,
and all my
holidays die?
i’ll remember
the laughter,
holding warm
embers.

 

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 08, 2018 @ 05:20:09

    I know this well… the sense of holidays loosing their importance, and we have to find new way to enjoy them when we get older.

    Reply

    • lynn__
      Sep 08, 2018 @ 07:16:46

      Yes, my Dad’s small hometown had a BIG annual celebration for many years but it gradually died out. Now he celebrates the 4th with our family but there will come a time he won’t be able.

      Reply

  2. Beverly Crawford
    Sep 07, 2018 @ 14:07:30

    Beautiful expression of parental love … given and received. Memories will be with you always, where the spark will never fade.

    Reply

  3. Grace
    Sep 07, 2018 @ 10:57:03

    Embrace all the good and lovely moments with your father and family! These are precious times to hold on to. Happy weekend.

    Reply

  4. rivrvlogr
    Sep 07, 2018 @ 09:28:34

    If ever warm embers bring comfort, these certainly will.

    Reply

  5. Frank Hubeny
    Sep 07, 2018 @ 08:36:55

    Very nice description: “bright spark
    explodes and
    sizzles out”

    Reply

  6. Jane Dougherty
    Sep 07, 2018 @ 06:20:53

    Father as firework. What a beautiful, vibrant image!

    Reply

  7. Singledust
    Sep 07, 2018 @ 04:15:15

    sounds like the kind of dad I had too, he made our life sparkle

    Reply

  8. Nan Mykel
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 22:14:51

    Beautiful, and so warmly embraces its topic!

    Reply

  9. Kathy Reed
    Sep 06, 2018 @ 20:20:59

    He sounds wonderful…a hero to you and a positive, proud, and fun full of spark Dad!

    Reply

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