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Daddy Reads the Paper
by Daniel S. McTaggart

Sunday, May 25, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Daddy reads the paper just before the dawn

Pours milk on raisin bran, fighting off a yawn

The ebon tide of night is very nearly gone

Black-rimmed bifocals below the bridge of his nose


Looking down upon the printed page

Before he makes his daily wage

A kind of flimsy newsprint sage

To soothe all fortunes and the woes


A barefoot girl walks in the kitchen

Scratching her scalp because it's itchin'

The sunshine keeps her eyes a-twitchin'

Till they get used to morning's amber glows


Daddy's nowhere to be seen or found

Seems he left the paper lying around

a few coffee drips and stains abound

Right next to where his elbow usually goes


The little girl wipes the table clean

There's nothing more she can glean

Deciphering what the spills and dribbles mean

And how they fit with what she knows


Though Daddy'll be in the barn all day

He's still at the table in some way

Sitting like a mountainside at play

Before the day cakes upon his clothes

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Reviewed by Linda Luna (Reader) 5/26/2008
Just arrived home after a weekend in the wilds of West Virginia - my birthplace. This poem brings it all so near again. Wonderful imagery!
Great storytelling.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/26/2008
A lovely way to start the day with a newspaper and a big cup of coffee. Nicely written account of a new day.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/26/2008
This is the American Gothic of poetry. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 5/26/2008
You are always able to capture a slice of everyday life brilliantly...

Reviewed by William DeVault 5/26/2008
As always, my friend, you capture life like a Norman Rockwell painting.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/25/2008
A family mans poem herein...e
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/25/2008
Daddy sounds familiar. Beautiful, Daniel. - Gene.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/25/2008
a beautiful visual write with the tenderness of a daddy's presence felt and known even when not right there--beautiful!

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