Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Gentle Dad

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Gentle Dad

Article excerpt

for Leo Thomas Lythgoe

You chose a wife for her beauty and vulnerability

and planted her in your inherited acre

where your sweat and intuition shaped the fruits

of your coupling. Two girls and two boys looked

to you for instruction.

I, firstborn girl, followed your furrowed field,

dropping seeds and watching shoots. You took me

in the hayrick to collect food for the cows.

In winter you cooked towels on the woodstove

and laid them on my chest before they caught fire.

You believed that ice packs cured sore throats,

that hot bricks in bed blocked the 'f lu. You knew

that bright orange segments could chase nightmares

into morning.

When I chose to follow my mother's learning,

you clothed my soul with your body's earnings.

Now, as evening shades your eyes, I take your hands in mine

to give you a daughter's blessing:

Bless you for the nights you stayed me through.

Bless you for the mornings you sang awake. …

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