d a d l e ss o n s
you taught me
life it easier when you wear doc martens and listen to obscure indie bands.
guess that was the most valuable lesson.
you used to read alice in wonderland to me
and i didn’t get it then. today i do, though.
i appreacite it now.
you spoke dr seuss’ words to me:
“you have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes,
you can steer yourself any direction you choose. you’re on your own
and you know what you know.
and you are the girl
who’ll decide where you go”
and i wanted to go somewhere, i always do,
and yes you let me go
and yet you let me
come back home.
you’re pretty much perfect at your job,
i feel like you know everything and
you never yell (unlike her),
you read the books i read,
listen to the songs i listen to,
always trying to understand my messy mind.
it’s funny, ’cause you never had a dad yourself.
you told me to be kind
to the girl that i see in the mirror-
well i haven’t learned that
you taught me to un-learn stereotypes
those, that society teaches every kid.
and you taught me
to say no,
well, thank you, dad.