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Father’s Day is approaching, and I will be out of town for the next few days, so I’m putting this post up a little early!

Parents understand that raising children involves a lot of “letting go.” Here’s a poem I wrote a little over a year ago following a visit from my daughter Hannah, home for the weekend from college.


Magical Powers

“You’ve lost weight,” she said,
her tall slender body slightly bent,
her head nestled into my neck.
“Maybe,” I admitted.
“You’re not as comfy,” she joked.

And I remembered—
the little girl
who loved to be lifted up
and held in unrelenting arms
as time slowed
a busy world was hushed
and her little life brightened,
her head resting
on daddy’s chest.

If only I still had those magical powers.

Words (c) 2011 Mark Lloyd Richardson
Photo (c) 2011 Dallis Day Richardson