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Jim Landwehr

114 Reasons I Love Being A Dad – A Poem by Jim Landwehr

114 Reasons I Love Being A Dad
by Jim Landwehr 

I saved a school assignment of
my daughter’s that reads
114 Reasons My Dad is Super

It ranges from the obvious
He reads to me.
He nice.
He takes me to the park.

To the hearfelt
He dances with me
He’s a speisal dad
He takes care of me

To the admittedly hilarious
My dad sings in the sower
My dad fixed our toilit.
He reads adult books.

And even downright fabrications
He makes me cookies (Lie! Ask my wife)
He jogs with me (I did?)
Dad feet smell. (Hey!)

These 114 memories of hers are
now memories of mine and serve
as a reminder that the days are
long and the years short.

Never underestimate your
actions as a parent
they are watching.

 

About the Poet:  Jim Landwehr has two nonfiction books, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir and The Portland House: A ’70s Memoir. Jim also has three poetry collections, Reciting from Memory, Written Life and On a Road.  His non-fiction stories have been published in Main Street RagPrairie Rose PublicationsSteam Ticket and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Portage Magazine, Blue Heron Review and many others. He lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Donna and their two children. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, biking and camping. Jim is poet laureate for the Village of Wales, Wisconsin. For more on his work, visit: http://jimlandwehr.com

Greek to Me – A Poem by Jim Landwehr

Greek to Me

Rain comes down, soft at first
my brothers and some friends
play through it in our pickup
game of unholy football
on the holy ground of
the Greek Orthodox church
in nineteen seventy two.
Then it comes harder
– stupid hard –
and we play on
too fun to care
too wet to ever dry.
Play calls drawn up on
the chest of a huddled teammate
then carried out
waddling at top speed
to avoid slips and spills
but we slide anyway
– sideways crossways –
in the muddy deluge
of pre-teen recklessness
in our summer maelstrom
and none of us
can stop grinning
with the knowledge that
all we are doing goes
against every rule of
common sense
not quite enough to
come out of the rain

 

 

 

About the Poet:
Jim Landwehr’s latest eBook poetry collection Reciting From Memory, by Underground Voices was just released in June 2016.  He also has a poetry collection, Written Life, published by eLectio Publishing. His first book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, was published by eLectio Publishing in 2014. He has non-fiction stories published in Main Street Rag, Prairie Rose Publications, Steam Ticket and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Every Day Poems, Off the Coast Poetry Journal, and many others.  For more visit: www.jimlandwehr.com

 

Photo by Skatti.

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