Your little face Might just be proof for me of God's good grace You utterly bewitch me Your fancies so enrich me I want to be Your Abba'chka... How can I assure you That there's a God Though I s'pose you do not need it You naturally believe it... Holier than me My Dear Baby I so fear when you'll learn about "maybe" The hurts you'll know as onwards grow For much of life is simply show My Dear Baby I don't wanna say He ain't there for me Every day I watch you read and sing and learn and play Your birth gave me such purpose Of this I'm fully certain That I've so changed My love for you It flows red hot and it is bursting through... Wish I could protect you from painful disappointment When He misses His appointment But still I'll be Your Abba'chka... How can I assure you That there is a God Though I s'pose you do not need it You naturally believe it... Holier than me Your childish purity I cannot see Whom your eyes see But whenever you need me That's where I'll be
‘Open Link Night’
For today’s OLN, I’d like to share a poem that I wrote in August ’20, several months after I created this blog. As somebody who does not believe in a sentient, interventionalist god, it’s challenging for me not to poke holes in my first grade daughter’s youthful beliefs; but I always do my best to support her and her ideas. This poem reflects that inner tension.
Also, if you’re curious about such things, ‘Abba’chka’ is what she calls me. ‘Abba’ is ‘Daddy’ in Hebrew, and the suffix ‘chka’ is from Russian – it is a diminutive form. I made the name up for myself, and that’s what my daughter has always called me.
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When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.–Ben Harper (b. 1969)
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