The Father I Want to Be

My present

Concern

How to prevent

My daughter

From growing

Up

I’m pretty certain it’s not possible though

And one day

I will realize

She does not need me

To make decisions

For her

And

My heart will be broken

And

Maybe words will be said

Still

My hope

Is

I love her enough

To let her

Do the things

She thinks she needs to do

To be the best

Person

She can

Be.

Published by Bryan Aiello

Raised on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bryan served in the Army, graduated from the University of South Florida and now calls Brooklyn home. For more of his fiction and updates on his podcasts, follow him on Twitter: @bryaiello and Reddit: /u/voyage_of_roadkill.

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