Happy Father's Day to Those Who Love
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|Happy Father's Day to those who love|
As amply as the angels love the light,
Pleased to be for us the scourge of night
Pacifying rage we know not of.
Yours the passions in the pit that prove
Fierce enough to fend off nameless blight,
And yours alone the rectitude to right
The jigsaws jumbled when the monsters move.
How came you to such competence and valor
Even as we wait to take your places,
Rife with fear, uncertain of our courage,
'Twixt the world and chaos bent on pain?
Since we first knew, we knew no hint of failure,
Desperate as we were for your good graces,
As you must sometimes look back at your knowledge,
Yearning to be innocent again.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon
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