Father’s Day 5 years after

I’d take you to the smaller towns

Flattened cobblestones with poor grip

You’d carry on regardless

Enjoy the river

Drink beer beneath a canope

Wear a hat


I built a life after you

Planted seeds

In unexpected places

And grew and grew

You’ll never know how proud you’d be

Or how short five years is


Maybe in another life

I find you where I least expect to

Maybe in another life

I don’t have to



My sister would have been 29 today


I wander streets you’ve never heard of

Couldn’t place on a map

But you’d have gone here in a heartbeat

Given the chance


I remember your habits

Soft hair, and eyes like a lioness


I wanted to be you


You left before we knew you’d gone

I’ve got a decade on you now, and more

It doesn’t matter

You’re still older than me