Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 9: Daughter's Band Concert, Natasha Trethewey, "Rotation"

Going to see my daughter's band concert tonight.  She plays the flute--the same flute that my wife played when she was just a few years older than my daughter is now.

Some days, my daughter seems to really love me.  Other days, she can't stand the sight of me.  At least, that's how I feel.  I guess that's the nature of father/daughter relationships.  I make up the rules, and she resents me for making up the rules.

Saint Marty is looking forward to being proud of his little girl tonight.


by:  Natasha Trethewey

Like the moon that night, my father —
         a distant body, white and luminous.
How small I was back then,
         looking up as if from dark earth.

Distant, his body white and luminous, 
         my father stood in the doorway.
Looking up as if from dark earth,
         I saw him outlined in a scrim of light.

My father stood in the doorway
         as if to watch over me as I dreamed.
When I saw him outlined — a scrim of light —
         he was already waning, turning to go.

Once, he watched over me as I dreamed.
         How small I was. Back then, 
he was already turning to go, waning
         like the moon that night — my father.

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