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Faster, Daddy, Faster
    for Gracie


It’s hard for me
to watch you atop a horse:
my little princess at the mercy
of a massive creature
that twitches too much
to earn my trust. 
But you are not afraid,
to the contrary,
you are relaxed:
a bird on the back
of a hippo.
As I watch you steer the beast
through the forest’s green curtain
and disappear, I find myself
envious of his time with you,
and I recall when you used to ride
atop my back as I galloped
from kitchen to living room, you yelling, 
Faster, Daddy, faster!


Steve Kissing is author of the childhood memoir, RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL (Crossroad Books, 2003). He writes a monthly column,
ODD MAN OUT, for CINCINNATI MAGAZINE, for which he has won multiple awards. His poems have appeared (or soon will) in journals
such as: THICK WITH CONVICTION, BEST POEM, POETRY FRIENDS, BOSTON LITERARY MAGAZINE and PATERSON
LITERARY REVIEW. 

  

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