4th March, 2016 (dad as heretic in the temple)

by Brendan Strong

friday finds me a lie in at last
a big day for you
off you go to school
we’ll see you soon

waiting in the church
for you and your friends
coming up to make your first penance
wonder if you’re embarrassed,
like I was, to expose your parents.

squeeze into our seats
listen to the priest,
calmly, kindly telling you all
not to be nervous.

one day you’ll learn
there is no part of this i believe,
except that it’s good to be
part of something.