Father’s burden…


Father’s burden.

A Poem by Coyote Poetry
"My father taught me to appreciate laughter and woman."

Father’s burden

 


        (My father  was a Ojibwa/Mexican man in 1950 USA. He never allowed anyone to look down at him.)



Father didn’t drive no Cadillac.
He drove a old Pontiac.

He never complains.
He worked his 50 hours a week and
he paid his bills and drank his beer and rum.

He got loud with his friends.
He likes the rum.

When the rum was plenty.
I heard him wish for things to be different.

He wanted his children to have all the good things.
All children had.

He told me to get  a education and more education so no-one will look down at you.

Father never had a lot.
He has learn to accept little.
 
I remember one Winter evening.
When he has too much rum.

He packed up the car.
He wanted to escape  to California. 

We would drive a few miles and he would fall asleep.

A attempt to escape his world.
With no escape for this Ojibwa/ Mexican man.

Sometime I drink the whiskey
I laugh like my father.


I am thankful for men like him.
So many walls he torn down.
 
So I could have a good life.

My children can be proud to be Ojibwa/Mexican man or woman.

Father drove a old Pontiac.
He loved that old car.


John(COYOTE)