celebrating the 45th anniversary of Father’s Day

by Michael Virga
The Writer's Block
Honorable Mention, July 2017
Judged by Tim Mayo


(The idea of celebrating dads with an observance similar to Mother’s Day dates back to 1907. It caught on gradually,
and though Johnson made a presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966,  it was Nixon who signed the holiday into law in ’72    — BING )

I am given birth
not as sire
I am home-free just
as brother-son
(the Jack of HeArts)
I am their
strong torch
song

dying to attend & sing
for my parent’s wedding
in The Light
(what really happens on earth doesn’t stay on earth)
a UniSon
I continue to illuminate
with the drive of my pen

there is no death to do us part

legit love-child
(legible & literate, too)
born once and forever living proof
never looking among the dead
for the kingdom that is not of this world

always in Our Father’s eyes
as created
on earth as it is in Heaven



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