Hand in HandA Poem by J.V. Stanley
A poem I was commissioned to write for a friend as a Father's Day present
Hand in Hand
My small hand holds tight to your fingertips,
strong hands that give a light squeeze
as you introduce me to the night.
We watch as stars and ancient times roll past.
Primordial glimmers of light watching us
as constant as the love of a father,
as constant as Daddy’s little girl.
We watch as Pegasus flies by;
upon its winged splendor time reaches out.
I listen with intent as you point out Andromeda,
and speak of how her beauty was unmatched
until I was born to take her place.
The Sculptor, the Phoenix, Aquarius…
they fall like the leaves,
colors a mottled rainbow
as the darkness fades to light.
Gently you lift me, my head curled into your neck
gently you rock me until I’m asleep.
And within those tender moments I recall
we continue along our path,
always together…my daddy, you and I….
My small hand holds tight to yours,
fingers barely lacing,
mine swallowed within yours.
You walk with me,
patient, as I skip along kicking up rocks.
You guide my heart
guard my life-
my sentinel, my hero.
You raise your finger and point to the heavens.
my breath a frigid cloud, I watch.
Upon a bank of snow we sit,
safely bundled, immune to the cold,
you hold me close, recalling the story of
Orion the hunter and Taurus the bull,
of Cancer and the Beehive cluster.
As my head rests soft upon your chest.
the sound of your heartbeat lulls me into a half-sleep
as you tell me of Gemini , the patron of sailors,
of how you’d do more than share immortality
as Pollux had Castor-
you’d give your life.
Carefully you lift me, carry me to bed,
where I slumber with your dreams swimming in my head.
And upon when I wake from morning’s call,
we will continue along our path,
always together…my daddy, you and I…
My hand has grown, laced within your own.
Tighter you hold me, afraid to let go
as we walk, you guard my heart and guide my life,
my sentinel, my savior.
You look to the heavens and swear you see me there,
surrounded by the scent of earth and dew.
You speak of Corona Borealis, the crown of heaven,
and swore one day I would outshine its royalty.
You tell me of Hercules and Leo,
of how like him-you slay the prowling lions-
that come beckoning at our door in search of me.
One of many trials a father faces for the sake of love for a daughter.
As the dark begins to break into morn,
you lead me into what lies ahead.
And upon when the shadows break within the light
I promise that we will continue along our path,
always together…my daddy you and I…
My hand always laces within yours
and rests like a petal within your palm
despite how much I’ve grown.
As we walk through the chorus of crickets
breaking the stillness of the night,
you whisper softly to me,
my father, my guiding light,
the man who has centered me,
taught me wisdom, and understanding.
You tell me of Lyra and Aquila,
of how the sound of that lyre cannot compare
to the beauty that is captured within my laughter,
that my dreams will outfly that of the soaring eagle,
and well beyond the heavens.
Yet again Pegasus slowly graces us
as you lead me to where the path diverges.
Time reaches out to grasp my ringed hand
while softly you whisper ‘I love you’,
giving my hand one last squeeze before I take flight.
..and every time the dark reaches out,
I wander out into the night
and gaze into the heavens.
I reach for the comfort of your hand-
my savior, my sentinel always close by.
Whisper soft, you grasp my fingertips
and I listen to those old stories with the same youthful wonder.
Always together, always my daddy,
forever your little girl, am I.
© 2012 J.V. Stanley
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan, MI
AboutMy first of many books is currently available on Amazon. Fire and Water is a collaborative collection of poetry written by Aramey as well as myself. http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Water-Collaborative-.. more..
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