this the week of our son's first
upright wobble from kitchen
to living-room and he begins planting
tiny Os wherever his fleshy fingers
can reach each first shelf each chair
cushion each pair of shoes he goes
to bury a piece behind the TV
inside the pool of exposed wires
we've been saving him from
since he took to motion and I let him
go for it he survives but why
this risk how costly this whole-
grain crumb back from
the wilderness of worry for whom
About this poem
"This poem is part of a new series on fatherhood tentatively titled 'The Daddy Notebooks.' A recurring tension of the series is the struggle to balance the forces of belief and worry."
About Geffrey Davis
Geffrey Davis is the author of "Revising the Storm" (BOA Editions, 2014). He teaches at the University of Arkansas and lives in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Academy of American Poets is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, whose aim is to make poetry available to a wider audience. Email The Academy at poem-a-day[at]poets.org.
(c) 2014 Geffrey Davis.
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