For my dad, John L. Gresham,
He is missed every day.
Happy Father’s Day – I love you
You were a household god,
Not a faraway god in heaven’s vault
But a jovial Jove
Full of life and power.
I sprang from your forehead,
Not fully Athena
But to become Wisdom
Your ego was Olympian,
Thunderbolts would fly from your fury,
Then all Justice and Mercy.
A bacchanalian god–
Wine flowing as we danced in the kitchen.
I worshiped at your feet
When you lay mortally wounded,
Your life your Achilles heel.
I worship you still
With the laughing spirit you are
Now and forever. Amen.
This is so well done. Really enjoyed it.
Thank you so much – I am happy you dropped by – smiles – K
Love this.. bring a part of many gods into a wonderful conglomerate to form a tribute of your father… love it Kathleen..
Thanks, Bjorn – he is dearly missed. K
What an impression this man made on the narrator! A veritable god, vast in anger and in love and, finally, in laughter. I am glad that is the greatest memory, the one that lingers at the end.
And he had a wonderful laugh – thank you for your kind words – K
Luv your label of ‘ bacchanial god’. My Sunday meme is still open, it would be nice if you linked in
What a sweet tribute to your dad. I love how describe him as a household God. o
Thank you so much – K
what a beautiful tribute to your father Kathleen…i also like the personifications done here…
Wonderful! “the laughing spirit you are”…..a glorious testament!
I love jovial Jove. A moving tribute.
Kathleen, this is a wonderful poem for Father’s Day! I loved the unique comparisons you made. I especially like the idea that your dad was a household god. I bet he would have smiled about that!
oh nice… sounds like he’s been an awesome man with quite some temperament – love how you add depth and mystery with the weaving in of achilles…athena… a wonderful tribute
a laughing spirit…that made me smile…cool blend in of the myths as well….some edgy hints there in the middle on the furies & bacchnal as well…
A beautiful tribute to your father Katheen ~ I specially like: Wine flowing as we danced in the kitchen & laughing spirit, now & forever ~
This is a beautiful tribute to your dad, Kathleen! I enjoyed the way you weaved mythology into your memories. I can see why you would miss him.