By Larry Chadwick
He had looks that put Buddy Holly to shame,
The black hair and horned rim glasses the same.
Long legs and a confident stride as well,
Denim jeans and jacket with a car grease smell.
A smoky sophisticated drawl when he spoke,
Like Foghorn and Yosemite Sam, no joke.
Effective tones for sarcasm so maturely used,
Sweetly prodding without the feeling of being abused.
With comical intensity revealed in his eyes,
He was always quick with witty replies.
“Why?” “Just so you could ask me that!”
Sweetly practiced sarcasm dripping fat.
No matter how hard she desired,
She looked nothing like him even when she tried.
Fair complexion and freckled skin,
Red headed with a dimpled chin.
While he slept she primped with him,
Curling his black hair with bows on a whim.
He’d wake looking like her with bows and laugh,
“Buckwheat!” she’d scream and some more he’d laugh.
Old jalopies and old broken classics,
These are what captured his mind in the basics.
Immersed in the junk yards of life for love,
Of the cars, she was taught as a dove.
Him pushing her along on anything with wheels,
Skates or on bikes without training wheels.
He pushed her in the swimming pool and in the yard,
Scuba, go carts, motorcycles always pushing hard.
He called her nicknames from Hazel to Sneaky Snake,
After all it was her dad, he would give and she would take.
Fourteen years taken for granted now challenged by freedom again,
They fought and they understood: the boys and his sadness and pain.
They never went back to those days of conflict or sarcasm,
But they never fought again like that, there was no chasm.
He changed her without telling what he had done,
And in the process all her love he had won.
So through a lifetime of give and take,
Their love they would never forsake.
And on those days when she might feel sad,
It cheers her to know she’s just like her dad.
I will forever believe that no bond is greater than that of a Daddy and his daughter and I have the best and her name is Ginger (I love you babe!).
This poem was inspired by rwoods post:
[This message has been edited by Larry C (01-05-2002 12:15 AM).]