- Fatherhood, Beginnings
Sometimes when I've been sitting ina different room for a whileI forget I have a child.
Then I wander into the humidified air,feel the softness of the blue rugbetween my toesand place my hand upon his rising chest.
What will I tell my sonwhen he asks if I am happy?All summer I mowed the lawn like my fatherin shorts and socks pulled taut to the knee. [End Page 150]
I want to tell the girl across the streetto quit smoking,to straighten her shoulders when she walks,to stop shuffling her feet.
Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry: Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence P), winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award; Wee Hour Martyrdom (sunnyoutside); and Quality of Life (Black Lawrence P). He teaches in the writing program at Boston University.