Poets’ Corner: Feela For Father’s Day

To honor the memory of his father – and friend who was a father who just past – on Father’s Day, David Feela choose to continue a tradition scholars say might have emerged from Babylonian ruins, where upon a 4,000 years ago, a boy named Elmesu supposedly carved a message of good health and long life to his dad on a card made out of clay.

David Feela


 the Cosmos
      “Our journey through the galaxy was short-lived, but upon its end 
            we realized it was just the beginning of many such journeys.” ~ Ray Harriman (1956-2017)
Only a few hours left
before sunrise and the stars
require more scaffolding.
Ladders and long wooden planks
lay in short stacks beside the house.
A thin layer of dust
covers the patio.
The nails and screws
that once held the sky in place
lie scattered on the ground.
No child around,
everyone in bed
until the sun
makes an appearance,
but for most of night
the finishing goes on.
Expectations align themselves
to an additional reality,
an inch and a half adjustment
so the moon won’t
come crashing down.
A strip of redwood
to cover that crack
where clouds are usually enough.
A father lives here, he knows
what it’s like to be working
but never quite done.
A few final touches
and he’ll grab something to eat.
Maybe a few hours sleep
if not aroused
by some gawd-awful noise.
Likely the sound of a planet
scraping at the edge of its orbit
or some crazy meteor
streaking across a cold morning sky.


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David Feela

David Feela

David Feela, recently retired from a 27-year teaching gig, was a “Colorado Voice” for the Denver Post. He worked for over a decade as a contributing editor and columnist at Inside/Outside Southwest magazine and now contributes occasional pieces to High Country News’s “Writers on the Range”, as well as a monthly piece for the Four Corners Free Press and the Durango Telegraph. David’s first full-length book of poetry, The Home Atlas, was released in 2009 through WordTech. A book of his essays, How Delicate These Arches: Footnotes From the Four Corners (Raven’s Eye Press) is now available.

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