Father/Daughter Dance: Virginia City 2020
1. Last Years Father/Daughter Dance
Your stories told by time we reached the Grade,
about your friends and teachers this year round,
on our way to the dance to wear your crown,
these stories, for today, will be waylaid.
While last year was the year of Unicorn
this year was subtle and conservative,
to forget your school is competitive
and not worry what other girls have worn.
Simply a day just for you, my daughter,
to find your smiles before they can be lost
here on false front boardwalks of history.
Her fingers twirl her necklace I bought her
a memory to share no thought of cost
this day means more then this accessory.
2. This Years Father/Daughter Dance
A day to take some pride in your desire,
how you want to dress, how you want to be,
a day to examine your own energy
with Father at your side his hand to hire.
Though life may struggle to weaken our bond,
over the years I hope that we are strong,
that we will dance with every slow song,
the rhythm moves while our bodies respond.
But I have said this all before, I know,
almost verbatim, word for word I script
as if I might just choose the perfect words.
How does one make this Fatherly love show,
as first sentence not within the postscript,
upon our acts not hidden in records.
3. To Many Father/Daughter Dances to Come
My daughter I have held you since your birth
to offer my protection from this world
within some comfort try to keep you curled
around the strong foundation of your worth.
You need to know I’ll love you through the rain
or menacing weather from mountaintops
or droughts that dry up all our earthly crops,
please know that I will be there in your pain.
So every year I write about our dance
and every year I’ll hold you in a twirl
and every year I’ll try to make you smile.
Your youth will try with mischievous glance
to hold you close while you are still a girl.
I will remind you how it’s all worthwhile.