This poem was published in "The Storyteller" in 2006. Happy Father's Day to my Dad.
You will never again trust
as you did
when Daddy was twice your size
his arms the greatest you knew
they could straighten a baton
or chop down a tree in the front yard
he won every game
and you were his best partner.
Driving home in the Fourth of July storm
your dread of thunder and lightning
abated with Daddy's hands
on the wheel
fearless, you traveled the country
with the deepest knowledge
would bring you safely home.
He never told you he'd give is life
for you, you were born knowing,
you never felt doubt until the day
he held your hands and let them go.