the for real father’s day poem, from off the dome

dear readers,

a few years ago, i held a bbq in oakland on fathers day. we called it daughters day, for alla us. but day by day i am coming to terms with my relationship with my family. it aint easy, but its my boldest path. here goes a piece from off top for the hip hop heads, the immigrant heads, the mixed and mestizo, the surrounded and the orphaned, this is for all those who have a love/hate relationship with this and every other “family” day. take it in, and let me know if you relate.

the real father’s day poem:

to all the fathers who run
to all the fathers who remember fun
to all the fathers who died
to all the fathers who are dead man walking alive
to all the fathers alive, to all the fathers alive

this ones 4 the father who taught me to swim
this ones 4 the father who understands more loss than win
this ones 4 the father who used to ride that bike
this ones 4 the father who uses denial to fight

to all the fathers who still can dance
to all the fathers who believe in a second chance
to all the fathers who shine those shoes and iron that shirt
to all the fathers who did mad dirt
to all the fathers who were women solo
to all the fathers who were children dolo
to all the fathers who still can drum
to all the fathers who aren’t fully numb
to all the fathers who are young
to all the fathers who are many years sung

we still need you
we still see you
we still hate you
we still love you
we still feel
for you
even if we cant always be near
to you
we still love you.

happy fathers day, on the real.

peace,
roopa
politicalpoet

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5 thoughts on “the for real father’s day poem, from off the dome

  1. Anna says:

    thanks for this song of my heart

  2. Madhu B K S says:

    Dear Roopa
    Nice pieces of writing. I using mom’s site to read your blogs. Since I never said happy fathers day to my father so I don’t deserve the wish. I wonder if every Indian oves a fathers day message to Mahatma Gandhi, since he was the father of nation. Last weekend we went to Neepa M. for a nice pot luck picknik. I met this young malyali family. He thought very highly of this film festival offered his family’s help while you are there. With our best,
    Mandal

    • naxal says:

      maybe mahatma ghandi does deserve all praises due on fathers day. thank you for reading dad, it was so good to talk to you yesterday. happy fathers day!

  3. Thank You so much for expressing the balance of love and hate that we can feel all at once. It’s “tough” to put it simply; when you have so much anxiety/bugged out connections yet love the man/myth behind it.
    For father’s day I thanked my father for his last name. Which I will always have. Sometimes simple things are what we should love the most about them.

    Hope you’re safe.

    Stephanie JASMIN

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