Friday, June 15, 2018

Poetry Friday: Fathers and Shoulders

Karen who blogs at Karen Edmisten*
 has this week's round-up of poetic goodness. 
Stop by to be filled with "Sustenance" by two poems:
one from Barbara Crooker and one by Karen.

It's that time of year when our thoughts turn to fathers. I love the tender love exhibited by the father in "Shoulders" by Naomi Shihab Nye, as well as the challenge to each of us for what we need to do "to live in this world" and "to do what he's doing with one another".

"A man crosses the street in rain, stepping gently,
looking two times north and south,
because his son is asleep on his shoulder..."
This poem was selected by the Academy of American Poets as a selection for Teach This Poem on Monday of this week. You can access the rest of the poem and the lesson plan here.


  1. All the fathers I've known, they are good fathers and I am proud to say I know (knew) them. My son is in Hawaii right now with Carter's band. My son-in-law regularly takes the girls on adventures. My brother brought his daughter out to visit. They are there for their kids! Special post, Ramona. Happy Father's Day to all those in your family and those you've known, too.

  2. I wish I could have known my father better. He spent his life providing for us, but was unfortunately not a real part of our everyday lives.

  3. Awww...what a lovely tribute to loving fathers.

  4. Perfect poem for Father's Day! Here's to dads who rise to the challenge!