Wednesday, 24 February 2010


Conclude from the manner
in which you are cared
that you ought to belong
to a family of apes,
mountain gorillas,
impeccably rare.

Sleep on my shoulder,
cling to my chest,
see how a father
handles his young;

and should you be aghast
at cold summer rain,
inhale a lungful
of the lavender fragrance,
detonate a smile
and hide in my name.

[Published in Inspired Fatherhood, 1997 - for Conor, now aged 14]

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