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    "Superb Hairy Men"

    Nights like tonight remind me of my dad
    Even though both parents I had.
    He was my constant laugh and lap,
    Taught me why the thunder would clap.

    We'd read in the study by candlelights
    For hours together on stormy nights
    Through an old dog-eared copy we'd look
    At the pages of our favourite book.

    Entitled simply "What Bird is That?"
    He'd help my hands turn the pages, as we'd chat
    I'd point and ask questions, we'd play a game
    Of how each bird probably got their name.

    He'd ask me which bird I liked the best.
    He'd feign ignorance, pretending to guess.
    I'd ask him "Wait, I'll find it Dad!"
    Finding the same page each time he'd always be glad.

    I'd scrunch up to his ear, and tickly-touch his beard.
    The way he'd look at me makes me wonder now if his eyes were actually teared.
    "This one, Daddy... The Superb Fairy Wren".
    Then tell him HE was the best of all "Superb Hairy Men!"

    Every time to this day I see this little bird
    I can remember so warmly every word.
    They still remind me of my dad, and remind how hard he fought to survive.
    And find, in little wrens, such gratitude that he's still alive.

    ©thatgeekgirl

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    "Every time to this day I see this little bird
    I can remember so warmly every word..."

    (see caption)