She dresses herself and complains

Her socks don’t match

the ones She wants are in the wash

but these will do today

She kisses me goodbye at school

briefer every day

i tell Her i’m late and

wave absentmindedly

She tells me when i pick Her up

“look what I made today”

i tell Her that it’s beautiful

but later throw it away

She wants to play when we get home

i’m pretty busy though

i have a lot of work to do and still

haven’t washed those socks

She wants to read a book with me

before going to bed

i read too fast and think of something

i forgot today

She sleeps and i remember what it was

that slipped my busy mind

i forgot to be the father

that i had expected to be

She wakes me in the morning

wanting breakfast

something She can put sugar on

if you don’t mind

i don’t mind