Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sweet Sixteen (for Sarah)

You’re 16 today,
and I've been here for 12 of them,
(that’s 75% -I know how
you hate anything with numbers,
thinking its math).

We share a love of language
and arcane vocabulary,
and I’m sorry I gave you
my flashpoint anger
with its unfortunate
attendant profanities.

We share a sense
of the dramatic
and an affection
for the absurd.

By question and answer
I've tried to teach you
how to think critically,
and I love it most
when you cut through
pious hypocrisy
like a buzzsaw
through a lemon meringue pie.

We both like fast food
and memorizing lines from
“The Office.”

We both soothe ourselves
with music.

The only thing we don’t share
is DNA.

Very few know you
the way I know you,
and even fewer still
have added
my last name to theirs,

which is proof to me
that at the core
of your soul,

you are sweet.

you can roll your eyes

    Sarah (at 15)


  1. happy birthday to your girl man...not every dad that comes in can say these things...sounds like a pretty special girl...smiles.

  2. Thank you my brother. She's a wonderful young lady, and had the chutzpah to ask (seriously) if I was getting her a car.

  3. This is so sweet! Happy Birthday, Sarah!

  4. Mosk this is the sweetest most kick-ass birthday poem. Its eloquent and REAL. so real. Love it love it! Shes a lucky girl

    1. Thanks so much - and the luck goes both ways - I'm a lucky Pop-o.

  5. Anonymous7:48 PM

    Love you writing Sarah a birthday poem! She is so lovely . ..happy birthday!

  6. This is absolutely perfect, Sir.
    I especially love:
    "I love it most
    when you cut through
    pious hypocrisy
    like a buzzsaw
    through a lemon meringue pie."
    Happy, Happy Birthday to beautiful Sarah.


  7. ...and a very sweet poem, too. So heartfelt.

    Many good birthday wishes to your daughter!