American Life In Poetry
June 13, 2019
Here's a fine poem about a loving, attentive father, by Elise Hempel, who lives in Illinois. Notice how deftly she's placed her rhymes so that we scarcely notice them as the words flow on. Ms. Hempel's latest book, Today's Mail, is forthcoming from Jacar Press.
His New Twin Daughters
Even now, after all
these years, my father, 89,
still uncertain when I call
whose voice it is-Ann's or mine-
saying Hi, Dad, and from where,
the next town or a different state,
still pausing in that powdered air,
this little silence as he waits
at the nursery door, discerning tone
and pitch, listening har...