Removing the library card from my wallet
the picture, her first day of kindergarten,
comes to view through the plastic sleeve.
That morning she woke me early, wanted
to watch cartoons rather than go to school.
This photo Mom took, us cuddled under
covers eating dry cereal, hugging pillows
in television's glow, her eyes on the screen,
my eyes closed, fingers combing her hair.
Brought from my reverie, a small child's
voice somewhere behind me, "I'm so glad
you're my Daddy, Daddy. I love you."
"I love you, too," I whisper.
Carl "Papa" Palmer, United States
Carl "Papa" Palmer of University Place, WA is retired military, retired FAA, now just plain retired without wristwatch, cell phone, alarm clock or Facebook friend. Carl is a Hospice volunteer and president of The Tacoma Writers Club.
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