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Oct
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Two daughters

They both sleep

Unknowing

Of my love

For them

And the fear

That only a

Father

Can have

Or understand.

They are

Blissfully

Unaware

Of my sleepless

Nights

And haunted

Daydreams,

Worrying

About the world

They will inherit

And my inability to wrap them in a shroud of protection and keep them away from harm.

They sleep,

In their

Separate beds,

Twitching

And snorting,

Wrapped in blankets

Between their limbs-

Chasing their dreams

And hurtling

Into the world

That awaits them

With open arms.

And I will

Stare blankly

At the ceiling

For hours

Again,

Trying

To figure it all out-

Hunting

(and aching)

For answers.

Before

I brush my teeth

And go to

Bed,

I will

Stand

At their beds,

While they sleep,

Kiss their sweaty little faces

And silently pray

That I have not failed

Them-

Will not

Fail them.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

October 16, 2011

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