Friday, March 2, 2012

Fireman

Daddy wore a uniform.
Daddy fought the fires.
Daddy was a hero,
but my only desire
was Daddy to come home
so I could crawl up on his knee.
Daddy was a hero
for everyone but me.

For the Fireblossom Friday prompt at Real Toads

27 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

And this is the price every hero must pay: the people who need him the most are the ones who must do without.

Laurie Kolp said...

oh... this really packs a punch!

Fireblossom said...

And that's a damn shame. Heroism should start at home, if you ask me.

Thanks for being part of my prompt, MZ!

kaykuala said...

A beautiful write MZ! We often ourselves forget of a greater obligation at home!

Hank

Sylvia K said...

You do know how to say it all -- and beautifully as well, MZ!

Sylvia

Tara R. said...

No matter the profession, I imagine a lot of little girls can say this about daddy. Very poignant.

Gail said...

Beautifully told about the other side of heroes.

cosmos cami said...

I love the sing-song nursery rhyme style you used. It makes the subject more powerful.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Poignant and perfectly written. One can see the little girl, longing for her daddy.

Mary Ann Potter said...

Goosebumps here. A powerful poem. Fathers and daughters and sadness.

Fred Rutherford said...

sad. but you really have a deep character sketch started here- both for the speaker and for the daddy- great job really painting so much about their wants and needs in so few lines. Great job. Thanks

hedgewitch said...

Firemen, soldiers and cops--hard on the families, especially kids.

WinterWrites said...

Oh gosh, this is a tear jerker! Beautiful

Sivinden said...

Touching...

Isadora Gruye said...

you touch on a lot of themes here....well done!

Kay L. Davies said...

So sad, MZ, but so well said.
K

myheartslovesongs said...

oh, so sad!!!

Rinkly Rimes said...

The public versus the private face. Neatly put.

Brendan said...

There's a saying in the rooms of AA: "You want to know how my program is going, ask my spouse." It's easy to be a hero out there, wearing the hero mask. It can't hold up at home in those intimate spaces that call the courage of duration. Simply, well and amply put. - B

Mary said...

Sad! I do wonder how many heroes to other people neglect being heroes to those who matter most...their children!

Grace said...

Very nice MZ ~ This kind of job takes its toll on family life specially children ~

Great work ~

Mystic_Mom said...

Ouch, and yet one more good reason that I'm no longer a fire fighter cause I'm a Mama! :-) Great write my friend.

Brian Miller said...

ugh....def all to real...out saving the world while the home front dies...

Caty said...

Such a sad circumstance :(

ds said...

So poignantly true...

Lolamouse said...

Oh that's sad.

ab said...

The reality for so many families...beyond sad.