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On His Lap

The child sat on his lap
(It was her father, I assumed)
Until the light turned green and then
Across the street they zoomed.

She giggled as he mussed her hair;
His smile was wide and bright
And anyone could see there was
A mutual delight.

But as they passed I noticed
Something one not often sees – 
The wheelchair gave a glimpse there were
No legs below his knees.

A tender scene for me, but what
That poignancy reveals
Is a heart defines a daddy,
Whether on his legs or wheels.

Copyright © ilene bauer | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 1/19/2017 4:52:00 AM

    Children just need to feel loved. The appearance doesn't matter. I wish everyone could remain childlike in their judgment as they become adults. I loved the beautiful message in your poem Ilene. ; ) 7
  1. Date: 1/18/2017 9:38:00 PM

    Yes, indeed! This is one of many of your best, Ilene. The rhymes are enviable. I have difficulty finding the right rhyme many times. My "X" poem (I forget the exact name of the form) is third to the last letter in our alphabet. I wrote a poem for each letter some years ago. Am now editing them. Will begin to post others. Thank you for the stop. Much appreciated. / M