my old man



sometimes prickly and mostly silent

really quite hairy and a bit grey ’round the edges

forever watching over the brood

determined and hard-working

always ready to tough it out

even in those times of drought

beneath the barbs and bristles

a gentle heart of gold

beating in a forest

of fortitude



Happy Father’s Day to my old man

and all fathers everywhere.


photo: old man cacti at Longwood Gardens

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