2023- A Father's Heart Poetry Contest Winning Poems
A Poem for Charles by JV Sadler
Your daughter wept the day you died
I saw her on grandma’s knees
Her shoulders bouncing—
a sing-a-long dot across the screen—
To the rhythm of grief
Your wife cried your name
A Black Woman on the microphone
She sung hymns at your funeral
Let the holy ghost dance
inside her body, limp and loose
She spoke in tongues
I heard from my aunts and uncles that
you were a great dad, that
you were the man of the block, that
you took in street kids and taught them
how to count their money, how to
change oil under a car hood
The day you called me my mother’s name
was the day I discovered
I’ve got my mother’s eyes—her
A big negroid nose—
Sandy hair from my daddy
When you couldn’t tell your home
from the grocery store,
those nights you’d wander like a stranger
in a catacomb, already meeting the eyes
of skeletons. Reach your hands out
and death would meet you halfway
Yea, you met your Lord
whom you have so wished
and worshiped and
raised your hands towards His heaven
from your home on Earth
Yea, you met your Lord
And I hope He is as wonderful
as you always said He was
I hope one day I can
forgive Him for
I commend your life,
Daddy's Morning Snuggle by Joy Overturf
Two piece pajamas and the drifting sent of aqua velva
A few more minutes I cuddle in my bunk bed
The tapping of the razor on the sink.
The platters vocals bellow to my ears.
Until the water slows to a trickle then off.
I know my Daddy is coming any second.
I pretend to be asleep.
Do dooo do do do do do do dooo do.
In the tune of the bugal song song.
My father wakes us up before school.
I love you Daddy.
A Tribute to Daddy's Music by Rolanda T. Pyle
(Winner of the 2023 Poetry Is Life book Award)
Music makes me want to move!
Learned to listen at Daddy’s feet
Where he would listen to different beats
Learned to appreciate with Daddy’s ear
All kinds of music I would hear.
Learned that music was in his heart
That’s how my love for music got its start.
A tribute to the music my father listened to, especially JAZZ! Also a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Carmen McCrae, Gloria Lynne, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Nat King Cole, Jimmy Smith, Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles and Patti LaBelle, who I listened to as I grew up.