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Fathers' Day Cards

Fathers’ Day’s around the bend
And so I need a card.
With all the choices, you would think
It wouldn’t be so hard.

My dad is gone but still I buy
A greeting for my spouse.
The cards were so pathetic, though,
I really need to grouse.

The “husband” options either were
Too gushy, fake or sappy,
With poetry inside that sounded
Mawkish and plain crappy.

The “funny” cards made references
To grills or farts or sex;
It’s like the writers had
No witty brain cells they could flex.

To find a simple heartfelt card
I searched through every shelf;
It might just work out better
If I made a card myself.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 12:39:00 AM
    I know what you mean about the father-cliches on greeting cards! Though my dad would most likely not get the jokes, being that he's no into the typical guy things like grills and sports. There's a lot of pressure with upcoming holidays... everyone has high expectations. In my family no one takes it personal... my dad forgets EVERY holiday (even his own birthday if you can believe it)... but anyway... good writing as usual!

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 4:12:00 PM
    You could certainly make a fair living at it, one would think. I searched for a birthday card for my sister recently. Took forever! A couple were pretty funny, but I resigned to a feel good one. In fact, the card said rub your hand on the word good. Open it up and it said I just wanted you to feel good on your b-day.