Stevieslaw: Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Your song sang in my mind today.

I longed so to sing it with you.

It was one of your sillier songs,

and it rolled round and round,

like that toy train you bought for me

once, when I was five or six.

It was more than you could afford

and I soon disposed of it, as a child does.


I see you still, on that morning

you first walked with me to school.

New York City so slyly proud of

Autumn, it cackled in the painted trees. 

We sang together then and loud

and made a spectacle of us, you’d say,

like Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments,

screened in Technicolor at our theatre

by the elevated train. We made so little

 from it dad—I have  just the memory.


My cousins, my children paraded to your

songs.  I suppose they sing them still.

But time sings in a minor key, wrapped

in weariness, as in a concert hall,

half full, on a gray and rainy  afternoon.

The movie theatre has closed for good now

dad.  Others share the sidewalks and the sun.


I realize now after all these years of passing,

how much I took for granted,

and how little there is left of you

in the whirrings and stirrings of all

the lush, little lives of yet another spring,

and how very sad that must make me,

if it weren’t for your song.


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7 Responses to Stevieslaw: Father’s Day

  1. Carole Lyn Woodring says:



  2. stevieslaw says:

    Reblogged this on Stevie's Law and commented:

    I first posted this is 2011, when my blog was young. I’ve been thinking about my father a lot lately. He was a kind and generous man who approached life with a great, good humor he was more than willing to share.


  3. “Time sings in a minor key…”. Perfect! Such a great tribute to your dad.


  4. ivors20 says:

    Your poem touched me emotionally, stirring my cache of memories, and now this is a warm feeling, thankyou… Ivor Steven.


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