Since this debut edition happens to fall on Father's Day 2016, I'd like to share with you a selection from my third collection, "Before I Leave Canada". It's a rather personal piece, and showcases my feelings about how I feel about today of all days. Enjoy!
Growing Up Fatherless
Today is a day to celebrate
The paternal influences in our lives
To cherish the male role models
We had growing up.
Some will post messages on social media
With photos and memories of their fathers
Alas, for someone like myself
I cannot share in their sentiments.
For I have spent the past 44 years of my life
Never knowing who my father is
A result from a teenage pregnancy
With possible horrific circumstances.
It pains me to have gone through my life
Not being able to find out his identity
But, if what I fear was the cause of my conception
I can understand why it’s been a guarded secret.
So, to wherever and whomever he is
I wish my biological sperm donor a ‘Happy Father’s Day’
And, may he never forget
The product he left behind unknown.