O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


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...

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