14 June 2014

Dad's Day

Mom and Dad in 2012 in Cincinnati

The knight in fine armor who guarded my
childhood never owned a horse but went from
city streetcar to countryside Dodge coupe
when he married my mother and began
to plant crops that continue to grow strong.

Hey Dad, how are you?   We call and without
fail, he answers: Grumpy, Mean, Ornery.

All is well. He may be bruised from a fall
but he mows the lawn, smokes his one-pipe-a-
day on the porch, gossips with friends and guards
the neighborhood while continuing to
check his crops once weekly, guardian still.

Happiness! Children, grandchildren, in-laws
and new great grandchild—all return his love.



                   Posted for Poets United Poetry Pantry #205

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Copyright © 2014  S.L.Chast

27 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

He sounds like a loving, well-loved and happy man!

Brian Miller said...

a nice way to honor your pops...Grumpy, Mean, Ornery.
are good qualities when you are standing guard. smiles.

Sumana Roy said...

thanks Susan for this wonderful share of happiness....

Mary said...

Lovely Father's Day tribute to your father, Susan. I can see he had a sense of humor with his answer of "Grumpy, Mean, Ornery." He really sounds like a man who doesn't let things like bruises get him down. And it sounds like he had a lot of love to enjoy!

Gabriella said...

I like the image of your dad as "The knight in fine armor who guarded your childhood", Susan! How nice that he can do the things he enjoys doing. I am sure the neighbors appreciate his guarding the neighborhood.

Grace said...

He looks so active and healthy and surrounded by love & family ~ Sadly my Dad is not in the best of health so I am happy to know that your folks are doing great ~ Happy weekend Susan ~

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Ah, nice!

James Toma said...

He looks like a tough guy there with your mom! happy father's day to him and have a great day!

Björn Rudberg said...

This is a wonderful and truthful tribute to your dad.. Love the honesty of being Grumpy.. We need to be see that more I think...

rallentanda said...

Liked this poem. Your Dad looks like a person who would not suffer fools gladly. You were lucky to have him as
guardian of your childhood.

howanxious said...

Beautiful. That is such a sweet tribute to your father. I really liked it.
-HA

Loredana Donovan said...

Your parents are adorable, Susan! What a lovely tribute to your dad. Nice story how he moved from city to country and stands guard over his crops. Sweet :)

Steve King said...

There's a great story and character in this...we should all have the good luck some day to be equally grumpy, mean and ornery!
Steve K.

a good atheist said...

lovely poem, makes me miss my grandad

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Sons like a wonderful man, and a happy one.

kaykuala said...

How lucky you are Susan! Daddy's girl is a special commodity! Great!

Hank

Arathi Harihar said...

oh so cute..and the pic is great:)

Claudia said...

nice... i love that he smoked his pipe on the porch...somehow this is a wonderful image to look back at the day with all its work and just enjoy the moment... i should start smoking the pipe...smiles

Kim Nelson said...

How wonderful to enjoy a childhood with a man like that!

thecourseofourseasons.com said...

loved meeting your dad - what a character - and what a wonderful tribute - K

Arushi Ahuja said...

i love your daddy poem!! it makes him sound soo cute!! :)

Stormcat Poetry said...

A lovely tribute to your father . . . . :)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Lovely words to a much loved dad.
There is something special when a man smokes a pipe, contentment maybe.
Anna :o]

kelvin s.m. said...

My grandpa was almost completely like him.. i think that's what make 'em extremely adorable. Lovely, Susan. smiles.

R.K. Garon said...

haha... a wonderful old fella!
ZQ

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a caring tribute to a well-loved father from a daughter who knows him so well.

And thank you so much for your warm comment on my poem. I take heart that every year brings with it new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow.

Truedessa said...

Your opening line was great..a knight who keeps guard..a good knight to have protecting you..