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April is National Poetry Month, a time when we celebrate poetry and recognize how it has shaped American culture. This year, KUT is participating in National Poetry Month by sharing poems written by students in the Blank Page creative writing programs at Kealing and Fulmore Middle Schools and the Writers' Workshop at Rawson Saunders School. You can read the and listen to the poems here, and you can also listen to the poems read on KUT 90.5 FM throughout the month of April.

The Father

Read by Steve Wertheimer.

I am a father.
Yet secretly inside I am a boy of a young age.
Being a provider is hard, but
Keeping her happy is even harder –
She needs clothes, food and milk which I struggle to buy
Because I can’t live without her.
I did not know I would need any help.
She’d cry when she didn’t want me to leave
She’d say, “Daddy, please, please.”
I had to work but I couldn’t take her
Her mother left home after she had her
I am the only one she has so what can I do?
I try to give her everything, yet I can’t.
Once we played and she put a diaper on my head
I love my little girl I can’t let anything happen to her
Now she’s and sometimes ignores me and I always ask her nice,
“Why are you mad at me? I did nothing. I tried to keep you happy.”
She looks at me and yells “Why don’t you leave me alone?”
I don’t understand what’s going on
All I know is that being a father is super hard
Now I understand my father’s pain
All I can do is let her be okay
As a father I look at myself
I look like my father and perhaps I am.