Missing Daddy, a poem to remember Paul E. Garrison

Twenty eight steps to the corner mailbox

(Step on a crack break your mother’s back)

Christmas lights flicker after the holidays

Time to take them down

Nothing to celebrate last year


Two-way street closed forever

I love you daddy

Ditto nevermore

Bare branches poke holes through a setting sun

Can you hear me now?


Five pm pickup daily

Yellow legal pad now left blank

Envelopes unstamped

No reason to beat the pickup anymore

Bottom line, I don’t need it.


In memory of my beloved daddy, Paul E. Garrison

11/8/30 – 11/25/20