Wednesday, May 18, 2011



I, perched on the arm
of the chair
he, comfy in its embrace
the book open on his lap
in a voice resonant with music
he read.

Night after night
until eyelids closed
then opened and closed again.

That wonderous gift
given kindly with love
for words
for literature
for me.

for more poetry and prose inspired by the above prompt see Magpie Tales. Top photo courtesy of Willow. Second photo from my family archives. Me and Dad of course.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love this poem Suki. It evoked many happy memories for me. I can remember my Dad sitting in a red vinyl chair reading to me. I can remember my Sister's boyfriends reading the funnies to me too. She was 10 years older than I. Ha.. I wasn't spoiled or anything.

Marion said...

You have the best photos, Suki. I really love this look so cheeky and happy here. Your dad looks so wise and's a great photo, thank you!

studio lolo said...

What a lovely poem and treasured memory!
I adore the old photo.

You know, I have no memory of ever being read to. Not one.

Sick of the rain yet? Sheesh.


Robin said...

Oooooh I cried when I read this poem and saw the photo. It brought back many memories to Dad did the same with me - he taught me to read before I began of the greatest gifts he gave me.

I love that photo...I can really see *YOU* in that little girl!

Sun has broken through the storm for a few minutes.....sigh... more rain coming and tonight will be a wet ride to the Opera Rehearsal!!!

Kiss Bibs for me - and big hugs to you!!!


♥ Robin ♥

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Well done!
I asked my father to read to me as I had seen it done on TV...he tried but was uncomfortable. His gifts were to build me a bedroom set and countless other 80 he was building shelves in my studio. We were both fortunate having such giving fathers.
Love the photo of you and your dad.

Mim said...

Lovely poem and wonderful sentiment and memories

patti said...

The poetry and photo are a great match! Lovely memories!

kj said...

oh suki....

ZenDotStudio said...

Beautiful, evocative poem. It describes the picture perfectly. I couldn't have imagined it in my minds eye any better!

...louciao... said...

A beautiful memory and a wonderful photo. Such happiness in remembering expressed here.

marianne said...

Oh what a precious moment in that picture!
And what a beautiful poem Suki!

Have a nice week♥

kimmie said...

That was a true gift from your Dad. I can see the delight on your face ... And the satisfaction on his. Beautiful words describing a wonderful memory.