Your handsome face stares
out from a weathered picture frame
into my life, the life you created.
More than creation, you lifted me into
a world of puppy dogs’ tails, fish
at the end of a pole, and sharpshooters.
Your aim was straight and exact, calculated
so you hit the mark in your patient way, forever
waiting for the rest of us to follow.
You remain my tower of strength, a stable rock
upon which I can depend, the blessing
in an otherwise churning river of disappointment.
I imagine you perched on a stool in my kitchen, sipping
a cup of instant coffee, no cream,
listening to me talk about dreams and lovers.
I picture your advice to me this day, when
fathers everywhere are exalted just for being, for
their love, kindness and understanding.
To feel the comfort of your hug right now, Daddy,
just one more time, would revive my faith in men
and erase the pain for yet another day.
–Victoria Emmons, Copyright 2015