He towered over the troubled child,
virtuous, virgin of hope,
ripped from a child herself.
Messy when she fingerpaints,
messy when she scribbled words that would one day become whole worlds,
messy when she tried to climb the kitchen cabinets for biscuits before dinner,
his very own Macarena.
He had such hope for her,
unable to see her human failings,
and how he’d feel about them,
because a father’s love is beautifully blind,
and she was fantastically flawed,
in a way he would learn to love,
once the disappointment dimmed.
he still towers over her,
watching from God’s garden as his cherished child fingerpaints herself into futile corner after futile corner.